A school principal once made a student who’d gotten into trouble sit in the basement & read the U.S. Constitution as punishment. That student (who committed the Constitution to memory as a result) was Thurgood Marshall, who went on to become the first Black Supreme Court justice.

Justice Thurgood Marshall Profile – Brown v. Board of Education Re-enactment

As a lawyer and judge, Thurgood Marshall strived to protect the rights of all citizens. His legacy earned him the nickname “Mr. Civil Rights.”

Thurgood Marshall was born Thoroughgood Marshall on June 2, 1908 in Baltimore, Maryland. Tired of having his friends poke fun at his first name, he decided to try to improve the situation and, at the age of six, legally changed it to Thurgood. As a young man, perhaps the person who had the most influence on him was his father, a man who always told his son to stand up for his beliefs. His father’s influence was so strong that, later in life, Marshall once said that his father “never told me to become a lawyer, he turned me into one.”

Early Life

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7 thoughts on “A school principal once made a student who’d gotten into trouble sit in the basement & read the U.S. Constitution as punishment. That student (who committed the Constitution to memory as a result) was Thurgood Marshall, who went on to become the first Black Supreme Court justice.”

  1. Kangar

    “The basement, huh? Well, I’ll fix your wagon.”

    -Thurgood Marshall

  2. Mc_Romancer

    Teacher: “go sit in the basement and read the constitution”

    Marshall: “If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine!”

    Teacher: “That’s the idea”

  3. The_God_of_Abraham

    Maybe we should consider having every student study the Constitution, and not treat it as a punishment?

    Dunno, just an idea.

  4. 3250feralhogs

    That principal? Albert Einstein.

  5. ICPosse8

    This has to be the basis for that Simpsons episode with the Itchy and Scratchy Movie, no?

  6. WOLVES284

    Should’ve paid more attention to the eighth amendment

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