1896 - Plessy v. Ferguson
1908 - Thurgood Marshall born July 2nd in Baltimore, MD
1929 - Marshall marries Vivian "Buster" Burey
1930 - Marshall graduates from Lincoln University with honors
1930 - Enrolls at Howard Law School
1933 - Graduates from Howard Law, top of his class
1934 - Charles Houston shoots film of Blacks in South Carolina
1936 - Wins first major case, forcing desegregation of U of MD law school
1938 - Named special counsel to NAACP
1940 - NAACP forms Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
1941 - W.D. Lyons death penalty case
1943 - Race riots in Detroit
1944 - Wins Texas white primary case
1946 - Race riots in Columbia, TN
1946 - Wins inter-state travel segregation case
1948 - Truman orders integration of military
1946 - Charles Houston dies at 54
1950 - Wins law school segregation case
1951 - Investigates treatment of black soldier in Korean
1951 - Race riots in Groveland, FL
1954 - Brown v. Board of Education ruling
1955 - Marshall's wife "Buster" dies
1955 - Supreme Court issues "Brown II" ruling
1955 - Marries Cecilia "Cissy" Suyat
1956 - 101 Southern congressmen sign "Southern Manifesto"
1957 - Little Rock desegregation crisis
1958 - Supreme Court order desegregation of Little Rock schools
1961 - JFK appoints Marshall to U.S. Court of Appeals
1964 - Civil Rights Act
1965 - Voting Rights Act
1965 - LBJ appoints Marshall as Solicitor General
1967 - LBJ appoints Marshall as first African American to Supreme Court
1968 - MLK assassinated
1972 - Furman v. Georgia
1973 - Roe v. Wade
1973 - San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez
1977 - U of CA v. Bakke
1991 - Retires from the Supreme Court
1993 - Thurgood Marshall dies at 84


Essay by Leon Friedman
Essay by Waldo E. Martin, Jr.
Essay by Randall L. Kennedy
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