Two events & two films honor Baltimorean Thurgood Marshall

marshallThis month marks the 50th anniversary of Thurgood Marshall’s swearing-in as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Marshall, who was born and raised in Baltimore, served on the Court from October 1967 to October 1991. He was the Court’s 96th, and first African-American, justice.

Don’t miss two events this week at UB that honor Justice Marshall and feature two films about him.

First, on Wednesday, join UB law students, faculty and staff for a showing of the new movie Marshall and a discussion with attorney Michael Koskoff, who wrote the screenplay with his son Joseph Koskoff.

Wednesday, Oct. 25
6-9 p.m.
Wright Theater, 5th floor
UB Student Center
(21 W. Mt. Royal Ave., Baltimore 21201)

REGISTER HERE. (Password: 50th) The event is free, but all attendees will need a ticket. Register today while tickets are still available! The Student Bar Association will provide free popcorn.

Mr. Civil Rights image

On Friday, the Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. Center for Education, Justice and Ethics at the University of Maryland, with the law schools at the University of Baltimore and the University of Maryland, will hold a 50th anniversary celebration of the elevation of Thurgood Marshall as a justice to the United States Supreme Court.

Friday, Oct. 27
UB Learning Commons
(1415 Maryland Ave., Baltimore 21201)


The program, which begins at 1 p.m. with an introduction by Judge Alexander Williams Jr., will include a 1:30 p.m. showing of the PBS documentary Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall & the NAACP. The film tells the story of Marshall’s journey through the Jim Crow South as he sets the stage for the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision to desegregate America’s public schools.

After the screening, filmmaker Mick Caouette will take part in a discussion moderated by UB School of Law Dean Ronald Weich.

Subsequent panels will discuss Marshall’s influence on Maryland and his work on the Supreme Court.

For more information, contact Professor José Anderson at

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