Marshalling Justice

The Early Civil Rights Letters of Thurgood Marshall

By Michael G. Long (Editor); Derrick Bell (Foreword by)
(Amistad Press, Hardcover, 9780061985188, 412pp.)

Publication Date: January 2011

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Collected here together for the first time are the selected letters of one of the most influential and important activists in the American civil rights movementthe brilliant legal mind and foot soldier for justice, Thurgood Marshall.

For twenty years prior to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a rebellious young attorney with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Thurgood Marshall, struggled tirelessly to combat racism, discrimination, and segregation in schools, transportation, the military, businesses, and voting booths across America. This collection of letters, compiled and edited by Michael G. Long, and written by Thurgood Marshall during his tenure with the NAACPlong before he became a Supreme Court justicereveals this remarkable mans extraordinary intellectual development and invaluable contributions to the civil rights movement, highlighting his relentless work in helping secure equality and justice for all Americans.

Long traces Marshalls correspondence with the most powerful leaders of his dayJ. Edgar Hoover, Dwight D. Eisenhower, NAACP leader Walter White, and many otherscataloging how Marshall was able to accomplish in the courts what Martin Luther King Jr. would work to do from the pulpit and on the streets. Through these letters, we discover a startling new portrait of Marshall and gain a deeper understanding of the influences that spurred his unrelenting advocacy for societys most vulnerable. A window into the history and radical roots of the modern civil rights movement, these letters illuminate the strides that one man made, and the distance that still yawns between his goals and present-day reality.




About the Author
Michael G. Long is an associate professor of religious studies and peace and conflict studies at Elizabethtown College and is the author or editor of several books on civil rights, religion, and politics in mid-century America, including First Class Citizenship: The Civil Rights Letters of Jackie Robinson and Billy Graham and the Beloved Community: America's Evangelist and the Dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. He holds a Ph.D. from Emory University in Atlanta and resides in Highland Park, Pennsylvania.

Derrick Bell is Visiting Professor of Law at New York University Law School. He was for 15 years a member of the Harvard Law School faculty. As an NAACP Legal Defense Fund lawyer, he handled and supervised hundreds of school desegregation cases during the 1960s. He is the author of several books
including Race, Racism and American Law, Ethical Ambition: Living a Life of Meaning and Worth, Confronting Authority: Reflections of an Ardent Protester, Faces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism, and And We Are Not Saved. He lives in New York City.
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