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Center Celebrates “Mr. Civil Rights” on Feb. 4th

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The Liebert Cassidy Whitmore Film Series on “The Role of Law in American Society” continues at the Center on February 4th with showings of Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall & the NAACP at 6pm and 7:45pm. Admission is free, but seating is limited.

In honor of Black History Month, the Center is highlighting attorney Thurgood Marshall, whose triumph in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision ending school segregation completed the final leg of an heroic journey to end Jim Crow.

For 20 years, Marshall traveled hundreds of thousands of miles through the segregated U.S. South, fighting Jim Crow case by case, establishing precedent after precedent. Ultimately, Thurgood Marshall won more cases before the Supreme Court than any lawyer in American history, and became its first African American Justice.

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02 Oct 1967, Washington, DC, USA — Original caption: Washington, D. C….Associate Supreme Court Justice Swear In. Thurgood Marshall in his robe prior to being sworn in as the first Negro member of the U. S. Supreme Court, October 2nd. Marshall, the great-grandson of a slave, swore to “do equal right to the poor and the rich” as he took the oath at the opening session of the court. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Mr. Civil Rights incorporates archival film and interviews to explore Marshall’s life in the years leading up to the landmark ruling. This includes his upbringing in Baltimore, education at Howard University Law School, status as a rising star within the NAACP, skill as an orator and storyteller, and his relationship with his mentor Charles H. Houston. High-profile segregation cases involving voting, transportation, housing, labor and the military are examined.

The Riverside Community College District would like to thank the law firm of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore for their generous sponsorship of this series.

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This post was written by work-study student Cynthia Mosely.

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