The nation is remembering the wife of the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, 94-year-old Cecilia “Cissy” Suyat Marshall, who died on Nov. 22.
Cecilia Suyat worked alongside her husband, civil rights leader Thurgood Marshall, at the NAACP. He became the high court’s first Black justice in 1967, followed by a career as a civil rights lawyer.
As The Associated Press reported, Thurgood Marshall played a huge role in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case that outlawed segregation in public schools.
He retired in 1991, and died in 1993 at the age of 84.
Born in Hawaii on July 20, 1928, Suyat later moved to New York City and took night classes at Columbia University to become a stenographer, the The Associated Press reported.
She was then sent to work at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People by an employment office.
“The clerk, she saw my dark skin, and she sent me to the national office of the NAACP,” Suyat stated in an interview with The Washington Post.
“That is the only reason I can think of that she sent me to the NAACP for my first job. And to this day, I thank her...