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Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, First Black Woman Nominated for Supreme Court By Cassiette West-Williams

Ketanji Brown Jackson, federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Photo Credit H2rty, Wikimedia Commons

On February 25, 2022, President Joe Biden fulfilled his promise to nominate the 1st Black woman for the Supreme Court. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, 51, a U.S. Circuit Judge on the U.S.  Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, is predicted to become the 116th Supreme Court Justice in America.

To date, there have been two Black men, five women, and 108 white men who have served on the bench. Judge Brown Jackson will be the first Black woman to serve. It is a lifetime assignment that Jackson declared for herself as a high school student. In her senior year, the 12th grader wrote that she was pursuing a law career, desiring to have a judicial appointment.

Jackson, who is married to a surgeon and is the mother of two daughters, has always had a strong vision of herself. Her father was an attorney for the Miami School system, and her mother was a teacher. 

She is admired by many people for her tenacity and patience, as she taught herself how to knit while waiting six months to be appointed to the U. S. sentencing commission in 2009. As a Harvard graduate twice, she will be making the rounds with Ivy League colleagues, where professional contacts and clients are familiar. She started as a trial judge and rose through the ranks to her current position.

President Barack Obama, who is also a Harvard graduate, wrote a glowing statement about his fellow alumnae: “I want to congratulate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on her nomination to the Supreme Court. Judge Jackson has already inspired young Black women like my daughters to set their sights higher, and her confirmation will help them believe they can be anything they want to be.”

“As a protégé of Justice Breyer, Judge Jackson earned a reputation for pragmatism and consensus-building. It’s part of why I nominated her twice – first as a district judge, and then to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, where she earned praise from both Democrats and Republicans,” he said.

Jackson’s favor is smiled upon by many in the nation. In the upcoming weeks, she will have White House officials and others preparing her for her trailblazing, historic position.

The New York Times has written that Jackson will be confirmed by April.