Before becoming the first African American appointed to the Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall was a lawyer best known for his high success rate in arguing before the Supreme Court and for his victory in Brown v. Board of Education, a victory which led to the desegregation of public schools. But, in Thurgood, now playing at the Illusion Theater, we learn about the man behind the public image.
Set in a lecture hall at the Howard University School of Law, James Craven portrays Marshall as he recounts his life, cases and the choices which ultimately led him to the Supreme Court. Along the way we gain insight and perspective into what it was like to be on the front line working with Dr. Martin Luther King fighting for social injustice and civil rights, his close relationship with President Lyndon B. Johnson and the sacrifices he made in his personal life for his career.
This production isn’t just a recounting of Marshall’s life, but a study of American History. Thurgood Marshall faced obstacles most of us will never know and still managed to secure a seat on the bench in the highest court in the land at a time when that was unthinkable. The run time for the show is 90 minutes, but in that short amount of time you will gain a lot of appreciation and perspective for this man and period of American History.
For more information on Thurgood, visit the Illusion Theater’s website.