Here's an in-depth look at the life of Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas.
Personal: Birth date: June 23, 1948
Birth place: Pin Point, Georgia
Birth name: Clarence Thomas
Father: M.C. Thomas, a farm worker
Mother: Leola (Anderson) Thomas
Marriages: Virginia (Lamp) Thomas (May 30, 1987 - present); Kathy Ambush (1971-1984, divorced)
Children: with Kathy: Jamal, 1973
Education: Holy Cross College, A.B., 1971; Yale Law School, J.D., 1974
Religion: Roman Catholic
Other Facts: Grew up in poverty in segregated Georgia.
Raised by his maternal grandparents as a devout Catholic and was sent to an all-black Catholic school run by white nuns.
Thomas was a beneficiary of Yale's affirmative-action policy, which offered opportunities to minority students.
Served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Thomas has called his confirmation hearings a "high-tech lynching for an uppity black."
Is considered a conservative justice, has often opposed affirmative action, and tends to vote with Justice Scalia and other conservative justices.
Timeline: 1974-1977 - Assistant Attorney General of Missouri.
1977-1979 - Attorney for Monsanto Corporation in St. Louis, Missouri.
1979-1981 - Legislative Assistant to Senator John C. Danforth.
1981-1982 - Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Department of Education.
1982-1990 - Chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
1990-1991 - Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
July 1, 1991 - Nominated to the Supreme Court by President George H. W. Bush to fill the seat of retiring Thurgood Marshall.
July 1, 1991 - Jesse Jackson speaks out against Thomas's nomination
July 31, 1991 - The NAACP releases a statement opposing Thomas's appointment to the Supreme Court.