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Thurgood

Film highlights his humanity

Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993) was the first African-American to be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. His life and legal career is portrayed in this astonishing film based on the one-man 2008 Broadway play starring Laurence Fishburne.

ThurgoodThis production was taped during a live performance at the Eisenhower Theater at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Born the great-grandson of a slave, Marshall grew up in Baltimore and tried to enter the University of Maryland's law school. Denied entrance on the basis of race, he would later win a case against this odious practice.

After graduation from law school, Marshall became chief counsel for the NAACP. In this biographical play, he comes across as an entertaining storyteller and commentator on politics and culture. Fishburne's stellar performance draws out the humanity of this accomplished crusader for justice, his sense of humor, and his love of the abiding principles of the Constitution (HBO — not rated).


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