During Black History Month, We Remember U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall’s Gifts

Alan Suemori
Special to The Hawai‘i Herald

From the very beginning everyone knew he was different. Tall, charismatic and articulate even at a young age, he disdained the glory of the Baltimore playing fields and instead entertained his family with wry anecdotes and sardonic commentaries about local baseball and football teams that were popular around the neighborhood. Blessed with a mellifluous, hypnotic baritone voice, he dominated every classroom and debate hall he entered, enrapturing his audiences with his easy charm and uncommon intelligence.

Graduating at the top of his Howard University law school class, he turned down Harvard University’s offer to continue his legal studies in Cambridge and instead took a low-paying associate’s position with the NAACP — National Association for the Advancement of Colored People — in New York City.

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