Meet the First Female African-American Supreme Court Justice Nominee

Meet the First Female African-American Supreme Court Justice Nominee

Mikaylee Winn

Justice, equality, freedom. Our Supreme Court has been built on these principles. President Joe Biden says, “For too long, our government, our courts haven’t looked like America.” He continues, “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, and that we inspire all young people to believe that they can one day serve their country at the highest level.”

As Justice Stephen Breyer announced his retirement, a new front runner has shined through. Kentaji Brown Jackson. Jackson is a 51 year old African American female and currently holds a seat on DC’s Federal Appellate Court. She is now known as the first African American Supreme Court nominee in American history. “I must begin these very brief remarks by thanking God for delivering me to this point in my professional journey. My life has been blessed beyond measure and I do know that one can only come this far by faith,” Jackson said. 

She is prepared to begin this journey continuing her career at the highest level in the nation. From the beginning of his campaign and Presidential career, President Biden had sworn he would bring equality to the government. With midterm elections approaching, it appears that he is making good on his word with the intentions of drawing back in his African-American audience. 

Biden first committed to nominating a Black female US Supreme Court justice when he was running for president in 2020. On a debate stage in South Carolina, Biden argued that his push to make sure there’s a Black woman on the Supreme Court was rooted in an effort to “get everyone represented,” said CNN sources. Though Biden endorsed other candidates, Jackson continues to show high standing.

While Jackson was the leading contender, the official said the President gave “considerable weight” to other finalists, including Judge J. Michelle Childs and California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger, according to CNN sources. With support from the president, and many other higher up officials, Jacksons induction has become expedited to hopefully see her in a seat by mid-April.

Congratulations are almost in order as we welcome in our first African American Supreme Court Justice.