Essay: Justice Thurgood Marshall, Great Defender of First Amendment Free-Speech Rights for the Powerless

Howard Human & Civil Rights Law Review, Vol. 2, Issue 1 (2017-2018)

Belmont University College of Law Research Paper No. 2018-19

18 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2018

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

This essay explains that Justice Thurgood Marshall’s passionate defense of freedom of expression can be seen most clearly in his defense of free-speech rights even when the government acts not as sovereign, but as warden, employer, or educator. In other words, Marshall’s commitment to free-speech is shown most forcefully by how he consistently protected the free-expression rights of inmates, public employees, and public school students.

Keywords: Justice Thurgood Marshall, Free Speech, First Amendment

Suggested Citation

Hudson, David L., Essay: Justice Thurgood Marshall, Great Defender of First Amendment Free-Speech Rights for the Powerless (2018). Howard Human & Civil Rights Law Review, Vol. 2, Issue 1 (2017-2018); Belmont University College of Law Research Paper No. 2018-19. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3227058

David L. Hudson (Contact Author)

Belmont University - College of Law ( email )

1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212
United States

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