Justice Thurgood Marshall – Broadway Play Opens in Philadelphia Jan. 7 – Feb. 9

Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall portrayed in a play at the Walnut Street Theater through Feb. 9
Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall portrayed in a play at the Walnut Street Theater through Feb. 9

A one-man play on the life and thought of Thurgood Marshall, first African American Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, opened this week at the Walnut Street Theater, 825 Walnut Street. It will continue through February 9.

In the much-praised Broadway play, actor Johnnie Hobbes traces the life of the young, dynamic activist from Baltimore, son of his father William, a railway porter and mother, Norma, a school teacher. It takes the audience through his studies at Howard Law School and his career as a civil rights lawyer with NAACP to Pres. Johnson’s appointment as he U.S. top lawyer, the Solicitor General in 1961 and his historic nomination to the Supreme Court in 1967. The performance illustrates his momentous experiences as he succeeds as a wise and thoughtful Justice until 1991 when he was replaced by Justice Clarence Thomas.

Information on tickets may be had by calling 215.574.3555 or by email pr@walnutstreettheatre.org

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