He formed a key part of the Court's progressive majority which voted to uphold a woman's right to abortion. His majority opinions covered such areas as ecology, the right of appeal of persons convicted of narcotic charges, failure to report for and submit to induction into the U. Armed Forces, obscenity, and the rights of Native Americans.
The Reagan-Bush years in the White House and the slow dwindling of the liberal influence on the Court was a time of sadness for Marshall. Always tart tongued, in Marshall dismissed President Reagan in an interview with Ebony as "the bottom" in terms of his commitment to black Americans.
He later told the magazine: "I wouldn't do the job of dogcatcher for Ronald Reagan. Brennan Jr. Marshall vowed to serve until he was and then die "shot by a jealous husband. He died in at the age of Justice Marshall had been born during Theodore Roosevelt's administration but lived to see African-Americans rise to positions of power and influence in America.
To no small degree, the progress of black Americans toward equal opportunity turned upon the legal victories won by him. By his death, even in retirement, he had risen to the stature of mythic hero.
His numerous honors included more than 20 honorary degrees from educational institutions in America and abroad. The University of Maryland Law School was named in his honor, as were a variety of elementary and secondary schools around the nation. He enjoyed the family life of his second wife and their two sons, Thurgood Jr. Marshall's first wife died in A little over 6 feet tall and dignified and solemn in manner, but endowed with a sense of humor, Marshall portrayed homely virtues and a deep reverence for God.
Unique as his career was, it epitomized the potential of American democracy.
For periodical articles dealing with Marshall's life and career, see Newsweek Sept. An early biography of Marshall is Lewis H. Fenderson, ed. Log in to Wiley Online Library.
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