In July 1991 President George H.W. Bush nominated Clarence Thomas to replace Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Thomas was only 43 years old. His confirmation hearings were contentious. A former employee, Anita Hill, testified that Thomas sexually harassed her years earlier. Thomas vehemently denied the allegation and called it a “high-tech lynching”.
The Senate ultimately confirmed his nomination, and he was sworn in on October 23, 1991. Listen to these interesting interviews with Justice Thomas at the Federalist Society at https://goo.gl/36XMzP, and at Duquesne Law School at https://goo.gl/uLBYGK. He’s quite frank about his upbringing, career and the inner workings of the Court.