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Marshall Dinner 2011

Marshall Celebration 2011

Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. Featured at Celebratory Benefit Dinner in honor of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and Commemorating the Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education


Civil rights activist and attorney Vernon E. Jordan, Jr.

recalled how Justice Marshall was his mentor.

photo: Jim Johnson Photography

Civil rights activist and attorney Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. spoke to a sold-out audience at Tuesday’s May 17 celebratory dinner honoring the legacy of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and commemorating the anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark Supreme Court ruling secured in 1954 by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund lawyers led by Thurgood Marshall.  The event, sponsored by St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, the home parish of Justice Marshall during his years on the Supreme Court, included veteran television news broadcaster Maureen Bunyan of ABC7/WJLA-TV as the evening’s mistress of ceremonies.

Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., Keynote speaker poses with 

Maureen Bunyan, ABC7/WJLA-TV, Mistress of Ceremonies.

photo: Jim Johnson Photography


Jordan  spoke of how he first met Thurgood Marshall while attending Howard University Law School, and was mentored and influenced by him throughout his law career.

In the spirit of the Marshall legacy, St. Augustine’s continually seeks to build a community that embraces diversity and seeks racial justice.  St. Augustine’s has a fifty-year history of responding to community need on DC’s Southwest Waterfront. Funds raised from the event will help the church continue its community outreach services.

left to right: Thurgood Marshall Dinner Co-chair Josephus Nelson, Rev. Martha Clark, Priest-in-Charge, St. Augustine's Episcopal Church; John Marshall, youngest son of Thurgood Marshall; Kinshasha Holman Conwill, Dinner Co-chair; Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., Keynote speaker; Jean Marshall, John Marshall's wife and Justice Marshall's daughter-in-law; and Thurgood Marshall, Jr., eldest son of the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, celebrate the sold-out event.

photo: Jim Johnson Photography


Priest-in-Charge Rev. Martha Clark said, “St. Augustine’s has been a beacon and an anchor through parish outreach programs.  We serve weekly community breakfasts in our 20-year long program Bread for Life, partner with community organizations to provide family support services and youth violence prevention initiatives, hold children and youth summer reading camps, provide scholarships for teenagers and young adults, respond to emergency requests for funds daily, and refer community members to essential social services agencies.”