Why Today Marks a Special Day for the Supreme Court Justice

Thurgood Marshall took a seat on the Supreme Court

This day in 1967, Thurgood Marshall Became the First African-American in the Supreme Court Justice.

On this day in 1967, Thurgood Marshall was sworn into the United States Supreme Court, making him the first African American to hold one of the prestigious seats. When he joined the bench, the Supreme Court was fairly liberal. Landmark cases such as 1973’s Roe v. Wade were passed under his term. Marshall also shared his thoughts on the death penalty in the de facto moratorium for the 1972 case Furman v. Georgia. Marshall said he believes the penalty to be unconstitutional. Over the years however, the judges appointed became more conservative.

This marks a transitioning period, and a compassionate movement that was set to only progress after Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech.

Join us at The Maria Sanchez Show in celebrating this momentous day. Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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