Today in history… August 30th, 1967, Thurgood Marshall was confirmed as the first black Supreme Court justice.
Fast-forward to February 2011… Laurence Fishburne’s one-man show Thurgood, based on the life of the late Civil Rights leader and Supreme Court Justice debuted on HBO.
The 90-minute performance was filmed in front of a live audience at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater in Washington, D.C. last summer.
Thurgood, according to HBO, “is a compelling present-tense narration revisiting the turning points in his life and career as he remembers them. Recalling childhood stories of his family and home life in Baltimore, to his college days in North Carolina as an aspiring lawyer, Marshall recollects his triumphs over adversity to pursue a successful career in the judicial system fighting for human rights.”
By the way, Laurence Fishburne, who also served as writer of the production, and was nominated for the stage’s highest honor, the Tony Award, for his performance in Thurgood.
It’s not out on home video yet, and I don’t have an ETA on when that’ll happen. But once it’s available, you will know.
Preview of what to expect below (if you missed the February airing):