Born in West Baltimore. Later attends Samuel Coleridge Taylor Elementary School and Booker T. Washington Junior High.
1921 - 1925
Attends Colored High and Training School.
Marries Vivian Burey
Graduates cum laude from Lincoln University in Lincoln, PA
Receives law degree from Howard University (graduating magna cum laude); begins a private practice as a lawyer in Baltimore.
Begins to work for Baltimore branch of NAACP.
Murray vs Pearson
With mentor and friend Charles Hamilton Houston, wins first major civil rights case - Murray vs Pearson - desegregating the University of Maryland Law School, which had rejected Marshall on the grounds of race.
1940 - 1961
Serves as legal director of the NAACP; in 1940, he wins the first of his 29 Supreme Court victories out of 32 he argued. (Chambers vs Florida)
Brown vs Board of Education
Wins Brown vs Board of Education case, the landmark action that ends the legal segregation of schools in America.
Vivian Marshall dies.
He marries Cecila A. Suyat; their union produces Marshall's two sons, Thurgood Jr. and John William.
is appointed circuit judge; makes 112 rulings, all of them later upheld by Supreme Court.
US Court of Appeals
is nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit by President Kennedy.
is appointed U.S. Solicitor General by President Johnson; wins 14 of the 19 cases he argues for the government (1965-1967)
Supreme Court Justice
Becomes first African-American appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.