Thurgood Marshall Timeline
Timeline Description: Thurgood Marshall worked with the NAACP to find freedom for all people. This is a timeline of his life events.

Date Event
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.






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