The Highest Tribute: Thurgood Marshall’s Life, Leadership, and Legacy

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Author: Kekla Magoon

Illustrator: Laura Freeman

Growing up, Thurgood Marshall saw that things weren’t fair. Baltimore, his hometown, was segregated—laws said Black and white people couldn’t use the same resources, like schools, parks, or water fountains. When Thurgood had to read the Constitution as punishment for a prank at school, his eyes were opened. Thurgood knew Jim Crow laws were wrong, and he was willing to do whatever it took to change them.

His determination to make all Americans equal led him to law school and then the NAACP, where he argued cases like Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka in front of the Supreme Court before Lyndon Johnson appointed him as a justice. But to get to the highest court in the land, Thurgood had to make space for himself every step of the way.

Coretta Scott King Honor winners Kekla Magoon and Laura Freeman unite for this picture book about the incredible achievements of the first Black Supreme Court justice.