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Jacob K. Javits Thurgood Marshall

Supreme Court nomination confirmed

30 Aug, 1967

The Senate confirms Marshall’s nomination as Supreme Court Justice. He is the first African American to sit on the high court. The roll-call vote is 69 to 11. Southerners try to delay Marshall’s appointment. The Southern opposition charges that Marshal was a “judicial activist” who looks to his personal philosophies rather than to the law for guidance. Senator Javits defends the appointment:

We should be thankful that there is [an African American] in the United States who deserves to be a justice of the Supreme Court.