Welcome to America Comes Alive!, a site I created to share little-known stories of America’s past. These stories are about Americans—people just like you—who have made a difference and changed the course of history. Look around the site and find what inspires you.
On August 30, 1967, Thurgood Marshall became the first African American to be confirmed as a Supreme Court justice. Prior to this, he was one of the country’s leading lawyers arguing for the “little guy” in many cases that challenged the “separate but equal” doctrine. He was the winning litigator in 1954 on Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, which was to change education forever. He remained on the Supreme Court for 24 years before retiring, leaving a strong legacy.