Timeline Description: Thurgood Marshall worked with the NAACP to find freedom for all people. This is a timeline of his life events.
|July 2, 1908||Thurgood Marshall is born
Thurgood Marshall was born in Maryland. His dad worked at a club and him mother was a teacher.
|1920||Thurgood's home life
Thurgood remembered that when he was young, he and his father would debate local court cases at dinner. This prepared him for his goals in life.
|1930||Thurgood graduates from college
Thurgood graduated magna cum laude from Lincoln University.
|1934||Thurgood graduates from law school
After college, Thurgood attended law school at Howard University. When he graduated he began practicing law in Maryland and working with the NAACP.
|1943||The integration of the schools
Thurgood worked to get the schools in New York integrated so that African Americans and whites could go to the same schools.
|1946||Thurgood is awarded a medal
The NAACP awarded Thurgood with the Spingarn Award for his service.
|1951||A trip to Korea to examine the troops
Thurgood was sent to Korea to inspect the US troops there. He was to determine whether or not there was racism being practiced in the military.
|1954||He makes segregation illegal in the US
Thurgood won the court case that made segregation of whites and blacks illegal.
|1956||The end of the Birmingham bus boycott
Thurgood helped end the famous bus boycott in Birmingham, AL.
|1957||Thurgood opens his own law firm
Thurgood opened his own non-profit law firm to try NAACP cases. It was separate from the NAACP.
|1961||An appointment to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals
Thurgood was appointed to the circuit court by President John F. Kennedy after the president was impressed with Thurgood's work.
|1967||He becomes a supreme court justice
After working as the US Solicitor General, Thurgood became a Supreme Court Justice.
|1991||He retires from the Supreme Court
After 24 years of service, Thurgood retired from the Supreme Court.
|1992||Thurgood is awarded again
Thurgood was awarded the Liberty Medal to thank him for his many years of protecting people's rights.
|1993||Thurgood Marshall dies
Thurgood died at the age of 84 in Maryland. He worked tirelessly for the rights of all Americans, and he will always be remembered for his diligence in human rights.