About the Film:
For Civil rights attorney Thurgood Marshall, 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 traveled hundreds of thousands of miles through the Jim Crow South, establishing precedent after precedent, 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 escaped his own lynching. In this impossible environment, Thurgood he won more supreme court cases than any attorney in American history and set the stage for the modern Civil Rights movement. Special Feature – A conversation with Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and John Paul Stevens.
This is a stunner of a film. It documents one man’s steady service to the “ancestral imperative,” the duty imposed by talent to move the ball of justice down the court, if only an inch. Thurgood Marshall won 10 Supreme Court decisions, culminating in 1954’s Brown vs. Board of Education, which found “separate but equal” public education to be unconstitutional.St. Leigh 2.0
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