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Civil Rights and Race Relations in America and Their Impact on the Lives of African Americans
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.