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Civil Rights and Race Relations in America and Their Impact on the Lives of African Americans
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Thursday, February 10, 2011
February is Black History Month and Tell Me More observes the month with a series of short vignettes. In this installment, regular contributor Arsalan Iftikhar shares his black history hero.
I'm Arsalan Iftikhar, a civil rights attorney and frequent contributor to Tell Me More's Barbershop segment. The black history figure who has always been a hero of mine is Thurgood Marshall.
Although most Americans know that Thurgood Marshall was the first African-American associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, many people do not know that he actually began as a volunteer lawyer with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund which helped pass the landmark Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954.