After 233 years, a Black woman is finally nominated to be the next U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice
Washington, DC (February 25, 2022) – Holli Holliday, president of Sisters Lead Sisters Vote, issued the following statement regarding President Biden’s nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to be the next U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice:
“Two years ago, on February 25, 2020, presidential candidate Joe Biden made a campaign promise. He said, ‘I’m looking forward to making sure there’s a Black woman on the Supreme Court, to make sure we in fact get every representation.’ Today, President Biden kept his promise.
“Judge Jackson is a historic selection. Forty years ago, presidential candidate Ronald Reagan vowed to appoint a woman to the Supreme Court. A year after this pledge, President Reagan nominated Sandra Day O’Connor, who became the first woman on the Court. Now, President Biden has nominated the first Black woman to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
“Representation on the Supreme Court matters. Justices have ruled on every aspect of our lives. Decisions have legalized school segregation and later school integration; same-sex marriage; and woman’s reproductive right to an abortion.
“Judge Jackson is ready to serve from day one. With her qualifications and experience, she has earned bipartisan support. We call on the 100 members of the Senate to conduct a fair and respectful nomination process that is free of personal attacks and slow walking. Let us showcase to the world a swift and unanimous confirmation for a historic nominee.”