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  • Posted November 25, 2012

    Check Out "Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice" You'll Be Glad You Did

    The new book by Larry S. Gibson, "Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice" is a very fine read. The excellently written book is the story of Thurgood Marshall's first thirty years of life.

    I am struck by three things about Mr. Marshall: one his high level of energy and enthusiasm, two, his high academic and social IQ and three how much he was able to do with so little money to support himself or his work.

    Gibson recounts how much Marshall had to work his way through all levels of his schooling including through law school at Howard University and his early years as a lawyer including his stint working for the national NAACP in New York. School and work, work and part-time work all while pursuing excellence in everything he did. As your read his story, you can see why Thurgood Marshall attained the pinnacle of his career, a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.

    But it was not an easy trip for him. It is even more clear from Gibson's book that life was not at all easy for African Americans in Marshall's early years. Lynchings, inaccess to schools, unequal pay for Black teachers versus white teachers for doing the same jobs were the order of the day. Gibson chronicles how Marshall tackled those issues and others with brains, energy, charm and dogged determination.

    It's fun to read the story of young Thurgood. You find yourself rooting for him to overcome the obstacles before him. You find yourself thinking how much young persons will gain from knowing about Marshall's early years and the things that shaped and formed him. I give the highest possible recommendation of "Young Thurgood". It reads like a good novel and even though we know where he's headed, it's fascinating to read how he got there, especially the early steps of the journey.

    For history buffs, lovers of biographies, legal eagles, Baltimore historians and those who just love to read a good story, pick up a copy of "Young Thurgood: the Making of a Supreme Court Justice" for yourself and spread a few coipies around to the ones you love for the holidays. They'll be glad you did. Merry Reading!

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  • Posted July 19, 2013

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    In Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice, Larry S. Gibson has written a riveting portrayal of Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1967 until 1991. As a young attorney, Gibson's first meeting with Marshall was on July 1st, 1975 – seeking an emergency order for a case that he and his fellow attorney, Charles Curtis Lee, were working on at that time. This is the only biography of Thurgood Marshall endorsed by his immediate family, Thurgood Marshall Jr.

    Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice is a biography that contains many facts and fascinating insight about the famous lawyer and Associate Justice; it is thoroughly researched and engagingly written in a compelling prose supported by photographs that add more to its depth. Chapter one depicted the harsh life in Marshall’s birthplace – Baltimore, Maryland – a segregated city near the communities that often take the law into their own hands through violent lynching at that time. 

    This biography is written with all the events that built the basis for Thurgood Marshall’s early life and career; through his collection of childhood stories, family members, favorite mentors, and clients. It also fully describes the obstacles that he had to face and the opportunities that he gained in his community and throughout the nation. Unique, moving, and informative – it is for any readers that are interested in getting to know more about the man who shaped America’s civil rights and law.

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