I just finished a book entitled Marshalling Justice: The Early Civil Rights Letters of Thurgood Marshall, by Michael G. Long. Marshalling Justice will be on sale in January 2011. The year 2011 marks the 75th anniversary of Marshall's arrival at the NAACP offices in New York and the 50th anniversary of his move to the Federal bench, and with that we are proud to publish this book. Many may think that this is just a collection of letters, but I can truly attest to the fact that it is much more than that. Marshalling Justice really taps into who Thurgood Marshall was how he managed to stay active in the cause of civil rights.
Marshalling Justice also shows what motivated him to champion certain cases, and what we discover is that it was not always for the greater good. In some instances, it was personal. Thurgood Marshall, being a native of Maryland always wanted to attend the University of Maryland Law School. Unfortunately at the time he wanted to attend, blacks were not allowed admission. After he graduated from Howard University School of Law, he had the opportunity to take on the case of another young black man craving admission to the University of Maryland Law School. When the case was won, Marshall took it a step further. He made it his business to ensure the young man succeeded in every aspect of his studies. Whether the young man needed a tutor, a mentor and just a shoulder to lean on, Thurgood Marshall was there, so that he could show just how successful this young man could be.
I am SO excited about this book and would love to hear your comments. I will send free advance reader copies of Marshalling Justice to the 15 lucky people who send us a comment or an email at librarylovefest at harpercollins dot com. If you would be so kind as to send a brief review of the book after you read it, I would greatly appreciate it!
Marshalling Justice shines a light on an unsung hero in the area of civil and human rights. I truly hope you enjoy it as much as I have.