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COVER STORY / May 2022
Ketanji Brown Jackson Confirmed As The First Black Woman and The 116 Supreme Court Justice

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Ketanji Brown Jackson Confirmed As The First Black Woman and The 116 Supreme Court Justice

By Pastor Roger Mills, AHERN Publisher / 4-1-2022

On February 25, 2022, President Joe Biden nominated Jackson to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, filling the vacancy created by Breyer’s retirement. If confirmed Jackson would be the first Black woman to sit on the Supreme Court.

On March 21, 2022, Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing began on Capitol Hill.

The first day was calm with the senate Judicial committee members giving their opening remarks. However, day two was much different, with the GOP senator acting like, I don’t know what.

After Judge Jackson gave her opening remarks, it didn’t take long for the GOP Senators to question Judge Jackson about a whole lot of things that had nothing to do with a Supreme Court Justice.

As I watched this bombardment from the GOP, I was proud to see a Black woman hold her ground against the slaughter of the established GOP, and let me be clear, she knew more about the law than they did. In fact, Judge Jackson kept pointing to the fact her ruling was based on the guidelines that Congress had set.

If you watched the hearing, you saw four GOP Senators act like children who can’t get their way. Some of their questions had nothing to do with her being a Justice.

For two days during Ketanji Brown Jackson's confirmation hearing, Sen. Cory Booker waited for his time to question Judge Jackson. When his time arrived on both days, he shocked the room by saying, I have one or two questions, but first I want to reflect on this historical moment.

His reflection gave Judge Jackson a chance to gather herself from the stupid questions of the GOP, especially Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn’s, “can you define a woman”?

Senator Booker's reflections brought tears of happiness from Judge Jackson and others. Well done, Senator Booker.

On April 4, 2022, the Senate Judicial Committee deadlocked on sending Judge Jackson to the Senate floor for confirmation. However, the Full Senate voted her out of committee and sent her name to the Senate floor.

On Thursday, April 7, 2022, at 2:17 pm, the United States Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as the 116th Chief Justice of The United States, with a 53-47 bipartisan vote.

Judge Jackson will be sworn in at the end of June or early July 2022 when Justice Breyer retires.

The historical confirmation vote was presided over by the first Black woman Vice-President Kamala Harris, who is the President of The Senate.

After a lengthy delay waiting on Senator Rand Paul to come vote, Senate President Harris announced the result of the vote prompting the senate chamber into a mood of jubilation, with the Republican Senators showing to the nation who they really are “Hypocrites”.

Judge Jackson now joins ranks with four other Black Americans to served in the highest-ranking positions in the U.S. Government: Thurgood Marshall, First Black Supreme Court Justices 1967 - 1991; Clarence Thomas, Second Black Supreme Court Justices, 1991-present; Barack H. Obama, First Black U.S.

President, 2008 - 2016; Kamala D. Harris, First Black Woman U.S. Vice-President, 2000 - 2024; and Ketanji B. Jackson, First Black Woman Supreme Court Justices, 2022 -

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