On October 2, 1967, Thurgood Marshall became the first African-American to serve as a United States Supreme Court justice. Marshall worked as a prominent civil rights lawyer for many years prior, rising to fame for his involvement with the NAACP and for his part in ending segregation in American public schools with the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case in 1954.

In 2003, Marshall was honored on a stamp in the Black Heritage series.

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