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#BlackHistoryFact for October 2: Thurgood Marshall sworn in

Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall’s family is at hand to watch him take his seat at the court for the first time, Oct. 2, 1967. From left to right: sons Thurgood, Jr., 11, John, 9, wife Cecilia Suyat, and the Justice. (AP Photo/Henry Griffin)

Thurgood Marshall was confirmed by the U.S. Congress in August of 1967. A month and a half later, his appointment is made official by him being sworn in. Marshall made history as the first African-American to be appointed as U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

Marshall spent 24 years in the highest court on U.S. soil. During his years in the SCOTUS, he remained consistent in his political views. As the White House appointed Republicans and changed the identity of the Supreme Court, his more liberal views and beliefs became in the minority. For instance, he opposed the death penalty and he fought strongly in favor of affirmative action. He was against discrimination of any kind, especially based on race and gender. He served on the SCOTUS until 1991 due to failing health.

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