Justice in Aging celebrates President Biden’s historic nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Brown Jackson is a highly qualified jurist, and the first Black woman in United States history to be nominated for this important position. If confirmed, she would be the first Black woman, the second woman of color, and the fifth woman to join the Supreme Court in its 233-year history.
We recognize the importance of Judge Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Black women and other people of color around the country who can celebrate and lift up the nomination of a Black woman with significant achievements in the law to our country’s highest court. The addition of Judge Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court would also create a judicial body that is a better reflection of our country—a country which has historically created barriers to equality for people of color, women, and those living in poverty. The perspective and experience of a Black woman, who would also be the first Supreme Court Justice to have served as a public defender, would bring needed insight to the Court.
We hope that Justice Brown Jackson’s nomination is yet another step towards dismantling the effects of systemic discrimination for our country, and that the U.S. Senate is swift in confirming her to the Supreme Court.