President Biden selects first Black woman to Supreme Court
President Joe Biden has selected Ketanji Brown Jackson as his nominee to the Supreme Court, setting in motion a historic confirmation process for the first Black woman to sit on the highest court in the nation.
Jackson, 51, currently sits on D.C.’s federal appellate court and had been considered the leading contender for the vacancy since Justice Stephen Breyer announced his retirement.
Biden called Judge Jackson "one of the nation's brightest legal minds."
"I believe it's time that we have a court that reflects the full talents and greatness of our nation, with a nominee of extraordinary qualifications," Biden says.
If confirmed, Jackson is poised to become a role model for future jurists.
"I can only hope that my life and career, my love of this country and the constitution and 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," Jackson says.
Her resume includes work as a public defender and a trial court judge.
President Biden’s pick is drawing praise from Judge Victoria Gumbs-Moore who is the first, Black family court judge in Suffolk County and one of the founding members of the Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association.
“It fulfills two interests, two points of view. One being a female and one being a person of color as the country’s population increases to becoming browner, more people of color, the court should reflect that because they are establishing policy and protocol in the law about how we’re going to live,” says Gumbs-Moore.
NCAAP leader Tracey Edwards says Jackson's historic nomination is long overdue.
"While celebration is absolutely appropriate, but we still have a lot of work to do in order to make sure that there is representation in our country that represents everyone," Edwards says.
President Biden announced Jackson's nomination two years to the day when he made his initial pledge to choose the first African American female justice. It came during 2020 Democratic primary debate in South Carolina.