Thurgood Marshall Essay

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Thurgood Marshall: Civil Rights Project

Thurgood Marshall focused on having free individual rights no matter what the color of someone’s skin was. He fought hard to see that African Americans and Caucasians could live in peace without segregation. His most famous win was Brown vs. Board of Education.
Brown vs. Board of education included 11 lawsuits and five different states. States that took part in this trial were South Carolina, Virginia, Delaware, Washington, D.C., and Kansas. During this trial Thurgood and his associates made sure to incorporate amendments from the constitution to show that everyone is entitled to equality. The amendments used in Brown vs. Board of Education were the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendment. They all represented racial equality. These amendments helped to give that extra boost to desegregate public and private schools in 1954. The saying “Separate but not equal” came into play a lot during this trial. Everyone should be equal no matter their race, religion, ethnicity, or family background. Thurgood made such an impact on society and helped to “change the world” per say that a movie was made on his famous case Brown vs. Board of Education.
During the 1950’s time period Thurgood also worked alongside Martin Luther King Jr. to help put an end to racial segregation whether it was at schools or at restaurants. Together they seemed to be an unstoppable and powerful team. Thurgood’s legacy was to have justice for all. He didn’t care if you were white, black, purple, or orange. Everyone deserved and still does deserve to have equality and to be treated with respect and gratitude.
Now Thurgood wasn’t your ordinary Joe from down the street. He served on the Supreme Court for 24 years and had attended Lincoln University and graduated from there with honors in 1930. Thurgood also applied to University of Maryland Law School but was rejected because of his skin color. He also stood as a member of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People).
The struggles he dealt with as being a colored man were what seemed to have kept him motivated to desegregate schools and most public places in the 1950’s through today. Just think if it wasn’t for all the boycotters, rallies, and influential people in those days we would all still be