This book is a collection of 15 opinions and dissents of this national defender of individual liberties and civil rights, as well as personal recollections of Marshall's closest associates. It was nominated for the NAACP Image Award.
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Thurgood Marshall led the NAACP legal team in Brown v. Board of Education, overturning legal segregation in schools, and went on to become the first black justice on the Supreme Court. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has been in the forefront of civil rights activity for a century. The Supreme Court is the highest judicial body in the country, and judges the actions of citizens and governments alike on the basis of the Constitution. Lyndon B. Johnson, a powerful Democratic Senator from Texas, was JFK's vice-president in the 1960 election and succeeded him in November 1963. The principle of "separate but equal" education, a mainstay of segregation in the Deep South, was overturned by the Supreme court in the case of Brown v. Board of Education.