Thurgood Marshall was a civil rights lawyer and the first African American justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Marshall graduated from Lincoln University in 1930 and applied to University of Maryland Law School but was turned down because of his race.
He then attended Howard University Law School, though his mother had to pawn her wedding and engagement rings to pay the tuition.
He graduated first in his class in 1933.
He worked on many landmark cases like Plessy versus Ferguson and Brown versus The Board of Education.