50th Anniversary of Thurgood Marshall Becoming First Black SCOTUS Justice

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With all the horrible news coming out of Las Vegas concerning our latest domestic terrorist attack,  almost slipped my mind that today was the 50th anniversary of Thurgood Marshall being sworn in as the nation’s first African-American Supreme Court justice.

Marshall  had been nominated by President Lyndon Baines Johnson on June 13, 1967 following the retirement of Justice Tom C. Clark.   He bad already made history by becoming the first African American to be appointed as the United States Solicitor General in 1965,

Marshal was confirmed by a US Senate vote of 69-11 on August 30, 1967, and was the 96th person to become a US Supreme Court justice. 

He served from August 30, 1967 until he retired due to poor health on October 1, 1991

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