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Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall, 1957

President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Thurgood Marshall to the Supreme Court on this day, in 1967. On August 30, 1967, after a heated debate, the Senate confirmed Marshall’s nomination by a vote of 69 to 11. Two days later, he was sworn in by Chief Justice Earl Warren, making him the first African American in history to sit on America’s highest court. Johnson said that this was “the right thing to do, the right time to do it, the right man and the right place.”

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