Cecilia Marshall: Keeper of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall’s Legacy

From a Washington Post obit by Bart Barnes headlined “Cecilia ‘Cissy’ Marshall, keeper of Thurgood Marshall’s legacy, dies at 94”:

Cecilia “Cissy” Marshall, a former NAACP legal secretary who safeguarded the reputation and legacy of her late husband, Thurgood Marshall, a towering civil rights lawyer who became the first Black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, died Nov. 22 in Falls Church, Va.

The daughter of Philippine immigrants, Mrs. Marshall — then known as Cissy Suyat — grew up in Hawaii and arrived after World War II in New York, where she took night classes to become a court stenographer. A clerk at an employment office “saw my dark skin, and she sent me to the national office of the NAACP,” she told The Washington Post years later.