Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall And The NAACP
Airs Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Credit: Courtesy of The Baltimore Afro-American
“Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall And The NAACP” incorporates rare archival film and extraordinary interviews to chart Thurgood Marshall's life (1908-1993) in the years leading up to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling.
The documentary explores his upbringing in Baltimore, and his education at Howard University Law School ("the West Point of the civil rights movement").
It examines his status as a rising star within the NAACP; his skill as an orator and storyteller; his relationship with his mentor Charles H. Houston; and his high-profile segregation cases involving voting, transportation, housing, labor and the military.
This compelling biography, produced by the filmmaker behind “Hubert H. Humphrey: The Art of the Possible,” unfolds through interviews with Justice Elena Kagan, Justice John Paul Stevens, lawyer and civil-rights activist Vernon Jordan, Marshall biographers Rawn James, Juan Williams and Larry S. Gibson, and several law professors.
Distributed by American Public Television.
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