Dec. 8, 2016
Project Uplift Literacy, Flash Black, In Their Words My Voice, Thurgood Marshall, December 8, 1953
Sixty-three years ago on a brisk fall morning, December 8, 1953, the course of American History was changed as a team of legalese from the National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People (NAACP) approached the doors of the highest court in the land. At issue the doctrine of separate but equal between the races of black and white in this nation. The doctrine was established in the case of Plessy vs. Ferguson, 1896 which mandated that segregation of the races was the law of the land. This doctrine, however, was being challenged by Oliver Brown and the NAACP against the Board of Education in Topeka, Kansas. You see segregation of the public schools was not only within the bounds of the laws of this nation but it had been legally endorsed by the highest courts and laws in the land. So from Beacon Hill to Stone Mountain Georgia, from the Nation’s Capitol to the ex-capitol of Dixie, from Dallas to Detroit, from every molehill and township of the supposed democratic symbol of freedom of the world segregation ran supreme and bigotry festered every second of every day in the United States of America.
Until this day, December 8, 1953, when a tall lanky attorney from Baltimore City, Maryland who was raised in the bastion of segregation stepped before the jurists of the Supreme Court and made his plea for the abolishment of segregation in all public schools in this country. What follows are today’s in their words my voice, the late, great, dynamic, and honorable former Justice of the Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall, who on that day represented every black person in the United States who was suffering, or had suffered by this vicious mandate of injustice.