The United States of America has accomplished another historic step as we transition from Black History Month to Women’s History Month. American President Joe Biden has kept one of his political pledges. He appointed the first black woman to the Supreme Court as the 116th Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. The nominee, Ketanji Brown Jackson, will replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.
Ketanji Brown Jackson, aged 51, is a former public defender. She has worked with the District Court and has served as a federal judge for many years. Jackson was raised in Miami by her parents, her father being a lawyer and her mother a school administrator. She is a Harvard Law School graduate who previously worked as a clerk for the man she is scheduled to replace, Justice Stephen Breyer.
As a public defender, Jackson represented defendants who could not afford a lawyer. In 2012, President Barack Obama nominated Judge Jackson to be a District Court judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. As NBC journalist Pete Williams pointed out, she will be the first justice since Thurgood Marshall to have expertise defending accused criminals. If approved, Jackson will be the first Black woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court.
“My commitment to upholding the rule of law and the sacred principles upon which this great nation was founded will inspire future generations of Americans,” she stated at a news conference about her nomination and a hopeful, subsequent appointment.
“For too long our government, our courts haven’t looked like America. I believe it is time that we have a court that reflects the full talents and greatness of our nation,” said President Biden regarding the nomination.
As a Democratic presidential contender, Joe Biden had chosen current VP Kamala Harris as his running mate, making her the first black woman and South Asian American to hold the position.
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