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Thurgood Marshall Memo "Saving the Race"


Library of Congress, The African American Odyssey


Before his nomination to the Court, Thurgood Marshall was the executive director and counsel for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Legal Defense and Educational Fund. In this role, he pursued legal cases that could be used to challenge the constitutionality of segregation. In this 1941 memo to the NAACP legal staff, Marshall discusses a voting rights case in Texas.


Thurgood Marshall to the NAACP, Tuskegee Institute, Research Department. November 17, 1941. NAACP Collection, Manuscript Division. (8-16) Courtesy of the NAACP