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Thurgood Marshall was the first black Supreme Court Justice.  Mr. Marshall had two sons, Thurgood Jr.(Goody)  who is a lawyer and former deputy Counesl to Al Gore  and John W. Marshall who is the former Director of the U.S. Marshall Service.

On June 13, 1967, President Johnson nominated Marshall to the Supreme Court following the retirement of Justice Tom C. Clark, saying that this was “the right thing to do, the right time to do it, the right man and the right place.” Marshall was confirmed as an Associate Justice by a Senate vote of 69–11 on August 30, 1967.[10] He was the 96th person to hold the position, and the first African American. President Johnson confidently predicted to one biographer, Doris Kearns Goodwin, that a lot of black baby boys would be named “Thurgood” in honor of this choice.[11]

Marshall served on the Court for the next twenty-four years, compiling a liberal record that included strong support for Constitutional protection of individual rights, especially the rights of criminal suspects against the government. His most frequent ally on the Court (the pair rarely voted at odds) was Justice William Brennan, who consistently joined him in supporting abortion rights and opposing the death penalty. Brennan and Marshall concluded in Furman v. Georgia that the death penalty was, in all circumstances, unconstitutional, and never accepted the legitimacy of Gregg v. Georgia, which ruled four years later that the death penalty was constitutional in some circumstances. Thereafter, Brennan or Marshall dissented from every denial of certiorari in a capital case and from every decision upholding a sentence of death.[citation needed] In 1987, Marshall gave a controversial speech on the occasion of the bicentennial celebrations of theConstitution of the United States.[12]





Since it is Black History month I want to profile some of the great African American history who have done great things but also have balanced  a steady family life and raised their kids.  These men have been an asset to their families, but also to the communities that they have served.

The first person that I want to highlight is Malcolm X.  We all know what Malcolm did for the community during the civil rights era.  But many not know that he was a dedicated father to 6 daughters and husband.  In fact, Malcolm’s wife Betty was pregnant with twins when Malcolm was assassinated in 1965.

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