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On June 27, 1991 Thurgood Marshall retired from the US Supreme Court because of failing health, and died a year and a half later. He was quoted as saying, “I have a lifetime appointment and I intend to serve it. I expect to die at 110, shot by a jealous husband.” (If he had lived he'd only be 104 and Clarence Thomas would have some other job.) #TodayInBlackHistory

1967 – Thurgood Marshall is confirmed as the first African American Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

‘Thurgood Marshall was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Lyndon Johnson on June 13, 1967. Marshall became the Supreme Court’s first Black Associate Justice.’ - CARTER Magazine

Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993), born in Baltimore, became the first African-American Justice of the United States Supreme Court. In 1965 President Lyndon Johnson appointed him United States Solicitor General. Two years later he was appointed to the Supreme Court.

1st African American Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

There's a good chance you know that Thurgood Marshall was the first African American appointed to the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall

Marshall Thurgood 1st Black Supreme Court Justice 1967-1991 Before his appointment to the high court, he graduated from Howard in 1933 and became chief counsel for the NAACP, where he challenged racial segregation most notably in higher education & Brown V Board of Education of Topeka (1954).

Thurgood Marshall (July 2, 1908 – January 24, 1993) was an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, serving from October 1967 until October 1991. Marshall was the Court's 96th justice and its first African-American justice. Before becoming a judge, Marshall was a lawyer who was best known for his high success rate in arguing before the Supreme Court and for the victory in Brown v. Board of Education.

[1967 - Thurgood Marshall sworn in as first African-American Supreme Court justice]

President Lyndon Johnson appoints U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Thurgood Marshall to fill the seat of retiring Supreme Court Associate Justice Tom C. Clark. June 13, 1967.

Frederick Fritz Pollard (January 27, 1894 – May 11, 1986) was the first African American head coach in the National Football League (NFL). Pollard along with Bobby Marshall were the first two African American players in the NFL in 1920.