Published on: Saturday, March 4, 2023

The University of Maryland announces its newly-built 70,000-square foot state-of-the-art School of Public Policy building will bear the name of civil rights lawyer and former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (article available here).

Marshall was barred from applying to the University of Maryland School of Law in 1930 because he was Black. 

“Thurgood Marshall was a trailblazer for justice and a pioneer as the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court,” said UMD President Darryll J. Pines. “He fought for landmark civil rights cases including access to our university by all of its citizens. Assigning his name to the School of Public Policy building honors his contributions to our university, state and nation.”

Governor Wes Moore joined students, staff, and alumni at the University of Maryland as they celebrated the new name of the School of Public Policy building. "The naming of a public policy building, the Thurgood Marshall building, is not just honoring a legacy. It is an obligation," Moore said.

Marshall Jr. will serve on the School of Public Policy's Dean's Advisory Council.