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Children's LiteratureAnother excellent book in the "Trailblazers" series is Horn's biography of the first African American to be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Throughout his life, Marshall fought for equal opportunities for all people. Born in 1908 in Baltimore, Maryland, Marshall's first name was Thoroughgood. He was, named after an uncle. His nickname was Goody. When Marshall was older, he changed his name to Thurgood because it was easier to spell and write. Marshall grew up trying to beat Jim Crow racism and racist laws. In order to fight injustice, he became a lawyer, hoping to fight inequalities in the court room. He opened a law practice in 1933 in Baltimore. By the end of the 1930s, he became chief counsel for the newly formed NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. It was dangerous work because he was struggling for African Americans equal rights. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy nominated Marshall to federal judgeship on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In 1965, He became solicitor general of the United States. His biggest honor occurred when he became a Supreme Court justice. In 1991, at age 83, he retired from the Supreme Court. Two years later he died. Many interesting sidebars are included throughout the seven chapters. Photographs, a timeline, glossary, further reading and internet sites are also included. Part of the 'Trailblazers of the Modern World" series. 2004, World Almanac Library, Ages 10 up.