Chronology of Thurgood Marshall's Career:
1925: Graduated from Frederick Douglass Senior High School, Baltimore, MD
1930: Graduated with honors from Lincoln University, PA
1933: Graduated from Howard University School of Law, Washington, DC
1933-38: Initiated civil rights work in Maryland against lynching and for equal pay for teachers
1934: Begins work for the Baltimore Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
1936: Won Board of Regents of the University of Maryland v. Donald Murray
1940: Appointed Director-Counsel of NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
1954: Brown et. al. v. Board of Education of Topeka et. al.
1961-65: Served as Judge of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals appointed by President John F. Kennedy
1965-67: Served as United States Solicitor General appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson
1967-91: Served as first African American Justice of the United
States Supreme Court appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson
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Thurgood Marshall's first major victory in his life-long struggle for equality under the law for all Americans took place in the Maryland Court of Appeals which then stood near this memorial. In 1935, Marshall successfully argued for the admission of Donald Murray to the University of Maryland School of Law. This was the first step on the road to Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka in which the United States Supreme Court in 1954 overturned the doctrine of "separate but equal" established by Plessy v. Ferguson (1896). Throughout his life, Thurgood Marshall fought to fulfill the promise held within the quote above the entrance to the United States Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. "Equal Justice Under Law."