[Thurgood Marshall Graduates from Law School, First in His Class, Cum Laude, in 1933 within:] The Sixty-fourth Annual Commencement. Howard University … Friday, June the Ninth, Nineteen Hundred and Thirty-Three …
First in his class at Howard University, Thurgood Marshall completes his law school degree, prepared to embark on a famed legal career
For Baltimore-native Thurgood Marshall (1908–1993), the first African-American to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States, the nascence of his storied law career begins with his graduation from Howard University.
First in his class, cum laude, Marshall was graduated on Friday June 9th, 1933. This Commencement program serves as a rare artifact, a testament to the beginning achievements of a Justice who broke the color barrier, who was patri- and matrilineally descended from slaves, and whose father was a railroad porter, his mother, a school teacher.
Marshall’s interest in law was instilled in him by his father who taught Thurgood how to argue and to master logic. In Baltimore, Thurgood attended Frederick Douglass High School. He then attended Lincoln University where his behavior was less-than exemplary, amongst fellow classmates Cab Calloway and Langston Hughes. At Lincoln, Marshall graduated cum laude with a B.A. in American literature and philosophy. He then set his sights, in earnest, on becoming a lawyer and applied, and was accepted, to Howard University.
After his graduation, in 1933, Marshall returned to Baltimore where he started his private law practice and began his committed efforts to promote and strengthen the goals of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Only three years after his graduation, in 1936, Marshall successfully co-represented the plaintiff Donald Gaines Murray in the Maryland Court of Appeals decision which struck down desegregation in Murray v. Pearson. Marshall was making his mark, fresh out of law school.
A rare artifact; commencement programs undoubtedly being printed in very small runs by the Howard University Press.
Description: [Thurgood Marshall Graduates from Law School, First in His Class, Cum Laude, in 1933 within:] The Sixty-fourth Annual Commencement. Howard University … Friday, June the Ninth, Nineteen Hundred and Thirty-Three …
Washington, D.C. Howard University Press . 11 x 7¼ inches. pp., stapled printed and self-titled wrappers. Commencement Program. Light tanning; a number of leaves with very short closed tears or tiny chips; else near fine.
No copies listed in OCLC.