How HBCU Students Impacted the Civil Rights Movement

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  • A Fight for Equal Rights
  • Thurgood Marshall
  • Ella Baker
  • Ruby Doris Smith Robinson
  • Patricia and Priscilla Stephens
  • The Greensboro Four
  • Norman Francis
  • Stokely Carmichael
  • Bernice Johnson Reagon
  • John Lewis
  • Julian Bond

Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall who was an alumnus of two HBCUs, Lincoln University and Howard University Law School, argued before the Supreme Court in 1954, as an attorney for the NAACP to help win the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education. The court declared racial segregation in public schools unconstitutional. Marshall later became the first African-American judge appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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