Monday, June 12, 2017

At the Supreme Court, 50 Years Ago

Fifty Years ago tomorrow, on June 13, 1967, President Lyndon Johnson nominated Thurgood Marshall to the U.S. Supreme Court following the retirement of Justice Tom C. Clark. Johnson, a southerner, said it was "the right thing to do, the right time to do it, the right man and the right place." Marshall was confirmed as an Associate Justice by a Senate vote of 69–11 on August 30, 1967. He was the the first African American Supreme Court Justice, and the 96th person to sit on the Court.

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