08 April 2022 - Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmed to Supreme Court, making history as first Black female justice
U.S. Senate CONFIRMS Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court
"This nomination is confirmed."
U.S. Senate CONFIRMS Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to be an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, 53-47.
Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmed as Supreme Court justice: 4 essential reads
Alexis Karteron, Bev-Freda Jackson, Margaret M. Russell and Sharon D. Wright Austin (The Conversation, 07/04/2022)
The phrase “in a historic vote” gets thrown around a lot in journalism – and it isn’t always warranted. But shortly after 2 p.m. EDT on April 7, 2022, a Senate roll call confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson as the next U.S. Supreme Court justice – the first Black woman to sit on the bench.
The elevation of Jackson to the Supreme Court will not change the ideological setup of the bench – which would continue to be split 6-3 in favor of conservative justices.
Nonetheless, it is an important landmark in the history of the court – of the 115 justices on the Supreme Court since it was established in 1789, 108 have been white men.
Michelle Obama: Ketanji Brown Jackson gives Black women and girls 'a new dream to dream'
Shawna Mizelle (CNN, 08/04/2022)
Former first lady Michelle Obama praised Ketanji Brown Jackson on Thursday, thanking the judge, newly confirmed to the US Supreme Court, for giving Black women and girls "a new dream to dream, a new path to forge, and a future we can all be hopeful for."
"I was so moved to see Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmed this afternoon," the former first lady wrote in an Instagram post. "Like so many of you, I can't help but feel a sense of pride -- a sense of joy -- to know that this deserving, accomplished Black woman will help chart our nation's course. So many women of color now have a new role model to look up to as she serves on the highest court of the land."
Anita Hill: The Senate Judiciary Committee mistreated Judge Jackson. I should know.
Anita Hill (The Washington Post, 08/04/2022)
The shameful spectacle of the Senate Judiciary Committee during the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson makes clear: The confirmation process is broken and the panel must act to restore people’s faith in it.
This is not simply about Jackson’s reputation, which was repeatedly smeared by Republican senators peddling false narratives about her supposed coddling of child pornographers and terrorists. It is about the legacy and future of the Senate and the Supreme Court itself.