Here is the beginning of David’s service:
When President Johnson was deciding on his pick for the Supreme Court Justice to replace Tom Clark, he was vacillating on picking Thurgood Marshall. He was worried Southern Democrats would reject Marshall because of his civil rights background. Still, he wanted to pick the first black Justice. Nicholas Katzenbach, a former Attorney General and Law professor at Harvard told Johnson if he appointed anyone else the Civil Rights community would be very upset. He said to Johnson, “If you appoint anybody, any black to that court by Thurgood Marshall, you are insulting every black in the country. Thurgood Marshall is THE black lawyer as far as blacks are concerned – I mean there can’t be any doubt about that.”
What I have to say here at least points to why that was the case.
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