A townhall style discussion was held at the University of Portland's Chiles Center on Thursday September 19th 2013, with U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas and UP political science professors Gary Malecha and William Curtis. The professors and several students asked questions to Thomas while an audience of 1,200 people listened intently.
Justice Thomas stated he came from humble beginnings and relayed a childhood of adversity living in Georgia in the 1950's & 60's and the daily positive message and insisting that "we were equal" from Irish Catholic nun teachers during elementary school. He relayed stories of growing up in the South and the turbulence of the 1960's, the Civil Rights era and remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. being assassinated and how that event affected him, and being kicked out of the home by his grandfather after quitting the seminary.
Thomas suggested that young people spend time putting positive things in their life, read and listed to positive subjects. Thomas discussed with the audience how "he never had a job that didn't teach him something."
Thomas' answer to this question "What would the Founding Fathers say if they saw government today?", "I think most of what they say would be bleeped out."
Thomas is the first black american US Supreme Court Judge, having been nominated and approved in 1991 by George H.W. Bush (senior).
Video length 1hr 25 minutes. Enjoy.