“Marshall” — Civil Rights and Old-Fashioned Shul Jews

by Elliot B. Gertel Discussed in this essay: Marshall, a film directed by directed by Reginald Hudlin and written by Michael and Jacob Koskoff. THE WELL-WRITTEN and finely-acted movie Marshall may have taken some liberties in depicting Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) and Samuel Friedman (Josh Gad), the Bridgeport, Connecticut Jewish attorney who helped out with a noted […]

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May 3: Against Housing Discrimination

On this date in 1948, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the legality of “restrictive covenants” in real estate contracts, which had been used for decades to enforce racial and religious segregation in housing. The case, Shelley v. Kraemer, was argued before the Court by two Black attorneys, Thurgood Marshall and Loren Miller; the brief filed […]

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