Critical Eye

The Baltimore Sun

New York -- From a second-floor classroom in the Baltimore school called Colored High, a teenage Thurgood Marshall watched white officers beat up black prisoners. But that's also the place where the budding civil rights activist first memorized the U.S. Constitution.

It was on a Baltimore trolley car that the youth was called a racial slur, took a swing at the white man who had insulted him, and was arrested.

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