Thurgood Marshall book featured at lecture

Professor and scholar Dr. Larry S. Gibson will discuss and sign copies of his latest book, "Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice," the only biography on the celebrated jurist Thurgood Marshall to be endorsed by his family. This free event takes place Saturday, March 1, at 2 p.m. at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

Thurgood Marshall transformed the nation's legal landscape in the 20th century by challenging the racial segregation that had relegated millions to second-class citizenship. He won twenty-nine of thirty-three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, was a federal appeals court judge, served as the U.S. solicitor general, and, for twenty-four years, sat on the U.S. Supreme Court. But Marshall's personality, attitudes, priorities, and work habits had crystallized during earlier years in Maryland.

"Young Thurgood" is the first close examination of the formative period in Marshall's life. Gibson presents fresh information about Marshall's family, youth, and education. He describes Marshall's key mentors, the special impact of his high school and college competitive debating, his struggles to establish a law practice during the Great Depression, and his first civil rights cases. The author also sheds new light on the NAACP and its first lawsuits in the campaign that led to the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation decision, and corrects some of the often-repeated stories about Marshall that are inaccurate.

Gibson is a professor of law at the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law, where he teaches Evidence, Election Law, Race and the Law, and Civil Procedure. Gibson is a graduate of Howard University and Columbia University School of Law and has practiced law in Maryland. Also a civil rights activist and advocate, Gibson participated in the 1963 March on Washington, engaged in sit-in demonstrations, and lobbied for the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He has also acted as legal counsel to several civil rights organizations and leaders.

Founded in 1965, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Midtown Detroit's Cultural Center. For additional information, visit TheWright.org.

Published: Mon, Feb 24, 2014

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