Thurgood Marshall’s legacy was guaranteed by his tenure on the Supreme Court of the United States and his historical place as its first African American justice.
But as the new biopic Marshall proves, the lawyer, who also famously argued the seminal Brown v. Board of Education case, was fighting the good fights long before.
The film is set around a 1940 trial in which a young Marshall (Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman) defends a chauffeur (Sterling K. Brown) against racially tinged accusations that he sexually assaulted and attempted to murder a wealthy Connecticut socialite (Kate Hudson).
In the exclusive clip above, the Baltimore native Marshall tells his attorney ally Samuel Friedman (Josh Gad) about his time at Howard University, when he brought a lawsuit against the University of Maryland Law School for not accepting black students. (Fun fact: Both Marshall and Boseman attended Howard.)
It went well. “The Supreme Court ordered the bastards to integrate,” Marshall tells a shocked Friedman. It was the Maryland Supreme Court, but still, there’s a good punch line to come.
Marshall is directed by Reginald Hudlin from a script by Jacob Koskoff and Michael Koskoff. It opens in theaters Oct. 13. For more info on the film’s characters, head to @MarshallMovie on Instagram.
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