By Howard Ball
Born to a middle-class black kinfolk in "Jim Crow" Baltimore on the flip of the century, Marshall's race expert his worldview from an early age. He was once rejected by way of the collage of Maryland legislations university as a result of colour of his pores and skin. He then attended Howard University's legislation institution, the place his racial attention was once woke up by way of the intense attorney and activist Charlie Houston. Marshall abruptly knew what he desired to be: a civil rights legal professional, one in all Houston's "social engineers." because the leader legal professional for the NAACP, he built the tactic for the felony problem to racial discrimination. His hovering achievements and his lasting impression at the nation's criminal system--as the NAACP's suggest, as a federal appeals court docket pass judgement on, as President Lyndon Johnson's solicitor common, and eventually because the first African American perfect court docket Justice--are symbolized through Brown v. Board of schooling, the landmark case that ended felony segregation in public faculties.
Using race because the defining subject matter, Ball spotlights Marshall's genius in operating in the felony method to extra his lifelong dedication to racial equality. With assistance from a number of, formerly unpublished assets, Ball provides a lucid account of Marshall's illustrious profession and his ancient impression on American civil rights.
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