The Supreme Court was founded in 1789. Since its inception, 115 judges have been honored to serve on the highest court in America. However, only two have been Black men and never a Black woman during the time. Finally, a historic moment will occur on Monday, March 21, 2022. The Senate will begin hearings to confirm President Biden's Supreme Court nominee Federal Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. When she is confirmed, I believe in speaking things into existence. She will be the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court.
Now, you may think, okay, that is great. But why does this matter?
When Federal Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson becomes a Supreme Court Associate Judge, this will matter for many reasons. I will briefly discuss two reasons.
For one, representation matters. How many of you believe you can succeed in your career profession because you saw someone who looks like you in that field first? I can probably guess many of you are shaking your head yes at this very moment. But, think about what this will do for Black little girls all across the country. They will begin to see themselves as Supreme Court Judges as well. Remember, our democracy only truly works when ALL voices are heard, valued, and listened to.
Secondly, this matters because Federal Judge Jackson will bring a new perspective to the court. She began her legal career as a public defender; most judges in the past have been prosecutors. This is important because the highest court in America should have judges who come from both sides of the legal system. Since then, Federal Judge Jackson has been nominated and confirmed to serve as a federal trial court judge, then to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Think about all the knowledge she holds and how she will bring that on ruling in decisions.
At this moment in society, the court's rulings, at all levels, are having a significant impact on our daily lives. Many cases will be heard by the Supreme Court ranging from redistricting to women's rights. These decisions will impact you. This confirmation will affect you in some way.