My Marshall Plan
Thurgood Marshall worked closely with J. Edgar Hoover to expel communists from the NAACP - while King's organization was bristling with them, to the immense annoyance of President John F. Kennedy - Marshall redeemed blacks' civil rights the American way: by winning his battles in court. That's how it's supposed to be done in a country of laws.
protests had the unfortunate effect of giving violent street agitation a halo.
Now every idiot smashing a Starbucks window thinks he's a civil rights
champion. But it was Thurgood Marshall, doing it the American way, who changed
the world. As Marshall said, civil rights was serious business - and King was
"a boy on a man's errand."