Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP DVD

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Civil rights attorney Thurgood Marshall's triumph in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision to desegregate America's public schools completed the final leg of a journey of over 20 years laying the groundwork to end legal segregation. He won more Supreme Court cases than any lawyer in American history, making the work of civil rights pioneers like ... More
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Civil rights attorney Thurgood Marshall's triumph in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision to desegregate America's public schools completed the final leg of a journey of over 20 years laying the groundwork to end legal segregation. He won more Supreme Court cases than any lawyer in American history, making the work of civil rights pioneers like the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks possible.

Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP

Civil rights attorney Thurgood Marshall's triumph in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision to desegregate America's public schools completed the final leg of an heroic journey to end legal segregation.

For 20 years, during wartime and the Depression, Marshall had traveled hundreds of thousands of miles through the Jim Crow South of the United States, fighting segregation case by case, establishing precedent after precedent, all leading up to one of the most important legal decisions in American history. Along the way, he escaped the gun of a Dallas sheriff, was pursued by the Ku Klux Klan on Long Island, hid in bushes from a violent mob in Detroit, and even survived his own lynching.

In this impossible environment, Thurgood Marshall won more Supreme Court cases than any lawyer in American history, and set the stage for the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Marshall, who went on to become the first black Supreme Court justice in 1967, made the work of civil rights pioneers like the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks possible, by laying the groundwork to end legal segregation and changing the American legal landscape.

Special Bonus Feature includes…
- A conversation with Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and John Paul Stevens

Producer: South Hill Films
Production Year: 2014
Copyright Year: 2014
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 60 minutes
Subtitled: Y
Subtitle Languages: English (SDH)
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

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Kaona
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4.0 star rating
07/05/22
Brave Winner of Battle vs. Segregation
Review by Kaona on 07/05/22 review stating Brave Winner of Battle vs. Segregation
Covering the period well before he became the 1st Black Justice on the US Supreme Court, this inspiring story tells of how, with learning, intelligence, and extreme courage, Thurgood Marshall kept his eyes on the prize and was able to successfully use the flawed legal system over the long haul to actually achieve some justice against this shameful predicament that has existed from before Americas founding.
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Dr. I.
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
07/05/22
Excellent documentary gives backstory to CRtsMovement
Review by Dr. I. on 07/05/22 review stating Excellent documentary gives backstory to CRtsMovement
Showed this to a group studying African American history and they were captivated. STrong footage of Charles Hamilton Houston, Marshalls mentor and predecessor at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and commentary that made me for the first time understand how brave Marshall and Hamilton were traveling the South gathering cases to bring through the courts. Historians commentary is effectively used. What it meant to see black lawyers in Jim Crow courtrooms arguing their case and challenging hostile witnesses came home to me powerfully. Marshalls contribution to the Movement was seminal and has been overlooked, but this film remedies that. Thank you for making it.


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