October 12, 2017
March on Washington Film Festival and NYU Washington, DC presented a pre-release screening of Marshall, the story of a young Thurgood Marshall as he battles through one of his career-defining cases. Special guest Lauren Underwood, senior adviser in the Department of Health and Human Services during the Obama administration, presented opening remarks.
Lauren Underwood grew up in Naperville, Illinois where she earned her first Girl Scout badge and attended Neuqua Valley High School. On her first day in Girl Scouts, Lauren made the pledge “to help people at all times.” Those early lessons in leadership formed a foundation of service that continues to guide her now as she looks to serve in a different way, representing Illinois’ 14th District in Congress.
Jacob Koskoff, Michael Koskoff
Newton Thomas Sigel
Young Thurgood Marshall faces one of his greatest challenges while working as a lawyer for the NAACP. Marshall travels to conservative Connecticut when wealthy socialite Eleanor Strubing accuses black chauffeur Joseph Spell of sexual assault and attempted murder. He soon teams up with Sam Friedman, a local Jewish lawyer who's never handled a criminal case. Together, the two men build a defense while contending with racist and anti-Semitic views from those who deem Spell to be guilty.
118 min., 2017, USA
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