On this day in 1967 Thurgood Marshall became the first African American to be confirmed as Supreme Court justice. Marshall was born on July 2, 1908 in Baltimore, Maryland. He studied law at Howard University. In 1954 he won Brown v Board of Education case, in which the Supreme Court ended racial segregation in public schools.
President Lyndon B Johnson appointed Marshall to the Supreme Court on August 30, 1967, he was confirmed. Over the next 24 years he came out for abortion rights and against the death penalty, Justice Marshall was committed to the equitable treatment of individuals, particularly minorities by state and federal governments.