Thurgood Marshall

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Born Thursday 2 July 1908, died Sunday 24 January 1993

Occupation: Judge

Nationality: American

Ending racial discrimination in jury selection can be accomplished only by eliminating peremptory challenges entirely.

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Mere access to the courthouse doors does not by itself assure a proper functioning of the adversary process.

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Surely the fact that a uniformed police officer is wearing his hair below his collar will make him no less identifiable as a policeman.

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If the First Amendment means anything, it means that a state has no business telling a man, sitting alone in his house, what books he may read or what films he may watch.

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What is the quality of your intent?

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Sometimes history takes things into its own hands.

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In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.

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A child born to a Black mother in a state like Mississippi... has exactly the same rights as a white baby born to the wealthiest person in the United States. It's not true, but I challenge anyone to say it is not a goal worth working for.

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Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds.

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I have a lifetime appointment and I intend to serve it. I expect to die at 110, shot by a jealous husband.

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None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody - a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns - bent down and helped us pick up our boots.

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Today's Constitution is a realistic document of freedom only because of several corrective amendments. Those amendments speak to a sense of decency and fairness that I and other Blacks cherish.

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