Thurgood Marshall was born in Maryland on July 2, 1908. He attended Lincoln University, and studied law at Howard University. Once out of law school, he failed at trying to open his own practice. Marshall worked for the NAACP and helped win the Murray vs. Pearson case. Another important case was Chambers vs. Florida where he was the defendant of four black men accused of murder, and he won the case as well. However, Marshall's biggest achievement was when he won the Brown vs. Board of Education case, allowing blacks and whites to attend the same schools. JFK even elected him as the judge for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and served as the first black US solicitor general. Also, was the first black to serve on the nation's highest court. He died on January 24, 1993 and was on the most important leaders on the Civil Rights Movement. If it was not for him, there would never be racial equality like there is today.