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'Mr Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall & The NAACP'
(DVD / NR / 2014 / PBS)

Overview: Civil rights attorney Thurgood Marshall's triumph in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision to desegregate America's public schools completed the final leg of a journey of over 20 years laying the groundwork to end legal segregation.

DVD Verdict: The Humphrey School of Public Affairs hosted several hundred community members on Saturday, May 3, 2014, for the public premiere of the new South Hill Films documentary, Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP, produced by Mick Caouette.

Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP tells the story of Thurgood Marshall’s remarkable journey through war and depression in the Jim Crow south, as he set the stage for the 1954 Brown v Board of Education Supreme Court decision to desegregate America’s public schools. Marshall argued and won more Supreme Court cases than any lawyer in American history.

Described by Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan as “the greatest lawyer of the 20th Century,” Marshall became America’s first African-American Supreme Court Justice in 1967.

Mr. Civil Rights was written and produced by filmmaker Mick Caouette, and will be broadcast on public television beginning in October 2014. Caouette also produced Hubert H. Humphrey: The Art of the Possible, which debuted on PBS nationwide in October 2010.

Juan Williams, author of The New York Times best seller, Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary and Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965, and current political analyst for Fox News and columnist for The Hill, offered remarks prior to the film debut and a question-and-answer discussion with cast and experts followed the film. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

A conversation with Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and John Paul Stevens.