Today in history… August 30th, 1967, Thurgood Marshall was confirmed as the first black Supreme Court justice.
Fast-forward to April 2008, when Laurence Fishburne returned to the stage in the Broadway production of Thurgood, a new play by George Stevens, Jr.
He won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show for his performance. And on February 24, 2011, HBO aired a filmed version of the 90-minute play, performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Prior to that, on February 16, 2011, the White House hosted a screening of the film as part of its celebrations of Black History Month.
Fishburne was also nominated for the stage’s highest honor, the Tony Award, for his performance in Thurgood.
It’s been on DVD since last year, so you can pick it up if you haven’t seen it. Watch a preview of it in the video player below.
More recently, Danny Glover was cast to play Thurgood Marshall in Stephen Frears’ upcoming Muhammad Ali film for HBO.
Titled Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, the film will take place in 1967, as then Heavy Weight Champion of the World Muhammad Ali refused to enlist and go fight for the USA in Vietnam; his objections to the war were very public, he was convicted and sentenced to serve time in prison, during which he appealed his case that would go all the way to the Supreme Court. Eventually, some years later, the Supreme Court would reverse his conviction.
Watch Fishburne in Thurgood below: