Circa celebrates Ketanji Brown-Jackson’s swearing-in to the Supreme Court of the United States, replacing retiring justice Stephen Breyer. She becomes the first female African-American and the 116th justice to serve on the court. She was confirmed in April 2022, by the Senate in a vote 53 to 47.
Jackson graduated from Harvard Law in 1996 and afterward clerked for Justice Breyer for a time. She served eight years as a district judge before moving on to the US Court of Appeals in DC last June. Jackson is also the first former public defender to take the post since Thurgood Marshall.
By joining the Supreme Court, Jackson is an example for young girls everywhere, especially young black girls, of what they can accomplish in the future. Jackson even stated herself in her opening statement for the Supreme Court confirmation hearings that she stands on the shoulders of other role model women like Constance Baker Motley, who was the first African American woman to become a federal judge.
After she was confirmed, she powerfully stated that “I am the dream and the hope of the slave” and highlighted just how far we have come as a country,
“I strongly believe that this is a moment in which all Americans can take great pride. We have come a long way toward perfecting our union. In my family, it took just one generation to go from segregation to the Supreme Court of the United States.”
Having more diverse representation is crucial for the future of the country and brings us closer to having a government that truly represents the makeup of America.
Jackson is coming into the highest court at a time of several landmark decisions, with more surely to come. Her unique experiences and perspectives are sure to serve the court well.
Circa recognizes Jackson’s accomplishments and swearing-in as a win for diversity and will be watching the court with a renewed interest in future rulings.
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