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Thurgood Marshall.

As I was reading the riveting article, "The 'Masters' at work?" (NA Dec), I came across a factual error.

On page 14, Osei Boateng quotes Dele Ogun as saying Clarence Thomas was the first black Supreme Court Judge in American history. Actually, that distinction belongs to Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall, who was born in 1908 and died in 1993.

At the height of his legal practice, he was the leading defender of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP). He scored the mega historical victory of Brown vs Board of Education. President Lyndon Johnson appointed him the first African-American Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1967.

Clarence Thomas is the second to achieve the feat, having been appointed to the post by President H. W. Bush in 1991.

Zaphet M. Zwana

New York, USA

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Title Annotation:READERS' VIEWS
Author:Zwana, Zaphet M.
Publication:New African
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Jan 1, 2010
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