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Justice Thurgood Marshall: 50th Anniversary of His Swearing-in to the Supreme Court

Today is the 50th anniversary of Justice Thurgood Marshall’s swearing-in as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States on October 2, 1967. He was the Court’s 96th justice and the first African American to hold a seat on the Supreme Court. Justice Marshall had a monumentally successful career arguing before the Supreme […]

Loving v. Virginia: “Banished” for Love

“Absence from those we love is self from self–a deadly banishment.”–William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream At the Library On May 3, 2017, in observance of the approaching 50th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, the Library of Congress hosted a discussion on this famous interracial-marriage case.  The panel included Patricia Hruby Powell and Shadra Strickland, […]

Edith Sampson – Pic of the Week

Saturday, December 3, marks the fifty-fourth anniversary of the day that Edith Spurlock Sampson was sworn in as the first African-American female judge by election. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1901, she graduated from high school and the New York University School of Social Work. One of her professors at the NYU School of Social […]

Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing: James Weldon Johnson and National Poetry Month

When April rolls around, along with National Poetry Month, daily poems fill my inbox–and I realize that it’s a great opportunity to look for a lawyer-poet to celebrate in the blog. James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) was a polymath, working in a broad range of fields including poetry and law. After graduating from Atlanta University, he […]

An Extraordinary Law Librarian

The following is a guest post by Debbie Shrager, a legal reference librarian who worked in the Law Library’s Public Services Division. In this post, Debbie writes about the extraordinary life of John F.N. Wilkinson, who worked in the Law Library of Congress from 1857-1912. Wilkinson’s service to the Law Library is certainly the most fascinating fact I have […]

Anniversary of Thurgood Marshall’s Swearing-In to the Supreme Court

Today is the anniversary of Justice Thurgood Marshall’s swearing-in as an associate justice of the Supreme Court on October 2, 1967. He was the Court’s 96th justice and the first African American to hold a seat on the Supreme Court. President Lyndon Johnson nominated the then-Solicitor General Marshall on June 13, 1967 to fill the post […]