Today In History- August 30

Today In History- August 30


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

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Chief Justice Marshall sworn in as Civil Rights protests increase.

  • Washington D.C., USA

In one of the most important events of the Johnson administration, on August 30, 1967, Thurgood Marshall, an African-American, was sworn in as a Chief Justice on the United States Supreme Court.  Marshall had previously gained prominence with his judicial efforts in establishing the Brown vs. Board of Education decision, which effectively ended segregation in public schools.  President Johnson appointed Marshall following the retirement of Justice Tom C. Clark, and believed that it was the right time to appoint someone of this nature to the highest judicial appointment in the United States.  Justice Marshall served for nearly 24 years, and his conservative support of the Constitution and individual rights was unprecedented.

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