By Vicki Cox
The second one black guy to be appointed to the very best court docket, Clarence Thomas has accomplished what few humans - irrespective of their race - can aspire to. To get there, Thomas needed to suffer years of fight, beginning along with his upbringing in rural Georgia. although he confronted racial discrimination and poverty, his challenging grandfather taught him that arduous paintings, self-control, and self-reliance may well support him continue to exist. certainly, Thomas went directly to seminary tuition after which to Yale university of legislation, the place he was once one among just a couple of black scholars. whereas operating on the division of schooling and the equivalent Employment chance fee, his reviews approximately affirmative motion courses enraged a few civil rights leaders. while he was once nominated to the ultimate court docket, his popularity was once attacked. regardless of all of this, this day Thomas sits at the optimum court docket within the kingdom. In "Clarence Thomas", examine the ascent of a guy pushed to be successful.
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His grades improved from Cs in second grade to Bs in third grade. By eighth grade, he was a straight-A student. He was not the smartest student in class, so he worked hard for everything he got. “He was always about business,” a classmate told Ken Foskett. ” Clarence excelled in other areas as well. At 8 years old, he studied to be an altar boy, memorizing the Latin phrases in Tough Love order to assist the priest. At 13, he was named altar boy of the year. Clarence also earned the right to fold the flag when it came off the flagpole and was named a patrol boy.
When Anderson let him watch television, Clarence enjoyed Western series such as The Roy Rogers Show and Sky King. Clarence learned a great deal from observing the example that his grandfather set and following his stern instructions. As an adult, Thomas would emulate his grandfather’s self- Thurgood Marshall (Associate Justice 1967–1991) Thurgood Marshall was the first black Supreme Court justice. Marshall was the grandson of a slave. His real name was Thoroughgood, but in second grade he changed it to Thurgood.
When he retired, Clarence Thomas was nominated to take his place. ” Missing school was also unacceptable. Anderson told Clarence and Myers that, if they died, he would take them to school for three days just to be sure they weren’t faking. Clarence paid attention and was not absent or tardy. It was just a short walk between Anderson’s rules at home and the nuns’ intense, tough love at school. Students had to sit up straight, raise their hands to speak, and speak only when spoken to. Anyone who strayed from the rules got whacked across the palm with a stick or a ruler.