28 Days of Royalty: Thurgood Marshall

What comes to mind when we think of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall?

Intelligent. Powerful. Activist. Strong. Fighter. Winner.

Born July 2nd, 1908 in Baltimore, Maryland, Thurgood Marshall was the great-grandson of slaves. He was a smart young man growing up with goals to go to college then become a dentist. During high school he would get into trouble in the classroom and as his teacher’s disciplinary action, Marshall was instructed to memorize parts of the U.S. Constitution. To give you an idea of just how many times he found himself in a little trouble, by the time he had graduated from high school, Marshall had memorized the entire U.S. Constitution. September of 1926, he went on to attend college in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at Lincoln University.

Marshall had always held 2-3 part-time positions to make ends meet. He was a very skilled speaker; capable of persuading any crowd with his oratory skills. Embracing this skill, Marshall decided to change his course of study to law in his second year of college.

After being rejected from his first choice university — Maryland Law School — because of his race, Marshall went on to attend one of the most well-known historically black colleges today, Howard University. During his time at Howard, Marshall became an active member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In 1933, not only did Marshall graduate first in his class, he also passed the bar exam later that year.

He began fighting significant civil rights cases and made equality a reality for blacks. “Overall between 1940 and 1961, Marshall won 29 of the 32 cases he argued before the U.S. Supreme Court,” (about.com).

In December of 1952, Marshall argued the infamous Brown v Board of Education case before the U.S. Supreme Court. This case was like no other. No longer were the NAACP and Marshall fighting for the segregated equal in “separate but equal” (Plessy v Ferguson 1896), but they were fighting for equal. Period.

May 17, 1954 the court ruled unanimously in Marshall’s favor. October 2, 1967, Thurgood Marshall became Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Marshall served from the age of 59 to 82.

Thurgood Marshall  July 2, 1908 - January 24, 1993

Thurgood Marshall
July 2, 1908 – January 24, 1993

“Today’s Constitution is a realistic document of freedom only because of several corrective amendments. Those amendments speak to a sense of decency and fairness [to all].”

“Customary greeting to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, ‘What’s shaking, chiefy baby?'”

– Thurgood Marshall

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The law is a fascinating subject. Knowledge of your country’s Constitution gives you power – just as it did for Marshall. Also, having the confidence and ambition to pursue your goal(s), whether if you started out with that goal or if it came into fruition years later after starting something totally different, takes strength and hard-work that we all possess. Like Nike says, Just Do It.

We want to know what path you chose – was it easy? Did you start out with this same path? Has it remained the same since you chose it? Comment below and let us know :)

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[What’s A Girl To Do…]: Girl Power To The Rescueeee…!!

What’s a girl to do when life gets in the way?

First, take a deep breath in, let it out. Again, deep breath in, let it out… Now realize as women:

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Ladies, WE CAN DO IT!!

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Girl Power to the Rescueee!

What’s a girl to do when she’s feeling “Tony the Tiger” Grrrrrreeaaat?!

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Tony the Tiger

Rejoice! & Write it down
* When you’re feeling super great: Share girl empowerment messages to a neighbor / peer / friend / relative who may need a quick pick-me-up, keep in mind that we never know what others are going through and your positivity can rub off unto them..Also, why not record these feelings into a special, designated affirmation journal.

What’s a girl to do when she’s feeling down?
Seek inner empowerment that you have been building since birth…

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Ohhh Yea ♥ Believe it ♥ We’ve Got This Ability!! :)

* Since birth, you and I have been snapping back after hardships, set backs, disappointments, etc. Even as babies, when we failed to stand up on our own and take our first step, we plummeted right back down. But, then we got right back up and tried again until ultimately we achieved our goal of not only walking but running! Remember: We are super-Wonderwomen: If it doesn’t kill us, it makes us stronger!

What’s a girl to do when she’s feeling on top of the world-lucky?

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On top of the world fantastic!

Write down the positive emotions to save for a later rainy day…
* Rainy days seem to just creep up on us at the worst timing. So a way to combat a “rainy day” mood is to look back on the many awesome, “today was a good day”, Ice Cube moods & moments. What the heck are Ice Cube moods, you ask? The moods & moments that totally had you feeling on top of the world –  sometime in the past, like yesterday or a month ago or even three years ago (like a graduation or some other big accomplishment).

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Although a little cheesy, the point of this post is to remind ladies (and girls) out there to make light of situations that otherwise could have put us in bad moods. Sometimes we prematurely make a big deal out of simple everyday situations — but just as the uncomfortable situation came up, it too will pass. Let’s pursue our best — not perfection, but our best and keep in mind that things will always happen, good and bad. So with every “thing” that happens, we can essentially do one of three things:

1. Take it in stride and do your best to set aside the emotions & pessimistic thoughts and forge through it as effectively as possible; 2. Realize the issue, panic and complain, allow negative thoughts to take over, then try to fix the issue; or 3. Convince yourself that you are incapable, the world is coming to an end anyway, and all there is left to do is mope around and wait for either the issue to resolve itself or the world to come to its end… (<– totally over-dramatized, please, ladies, remember we are super Wonderwomen & option 3 is NEVER an option).

And let’s be realistic, we want to always do option 1 but although we are super-Wonderwomen, we are not perfect. So be patient with yourself. Don’t beat yourself up for “accidentally” acting out option 2 – just work harder towards being a more positive and proactive person. This way you won’t give yourself unnecessary stress.

We are a work in progress – don’t strive for society’s goal of perfection, strive for excellence of your unique capabilities  :)

So, which (of option 1 & 2) will you choose today?

We would love to hear what it is that you do when life hands you lemons. How do you turn life’s hurdles into lemonade? Please comment below :)

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Girl Power. #WhatCeMarieIsAbout

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