US Supreme Court Makes History: Announces First Black Woman Justice

| Updated: July 1, 2022 3:04 pm

The United States Supreme Court shall witness Ketanji Brown Jackson as an associate justice of the bench. On Thursday, she vowed as the first black woman to serve as a US Supreme Court judge and the 116th member.

Currently, the SC is facing criticisms across the globe over certain decisions. Moreover, speculations say that the citizens of America do not have faith in the judiciary.

Jackson avowed, “With a full heart, I accept the solemn responsibility of supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States and administering justice without fear or favour, so help me God.” She expressed her gratitude to be a part of America.

The Senate to the High Court confirmed her after a string of hearings in April. CNN reported that the Republicans tried to portray her as a soft crime, and democrats applauded her for her judicial record. During the confirmation hearing, she vowed to be fair and impartial in her judgements.

In her opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee, she mentioned he career as a judge for the last ten years and her neutral stand in all decisions. She also expressed her awareness of her responsibilities and duties. Further, she said, “I interpret and apply the law to the facts of the case before me, without fear or favour, consistent with my judicial oath.”

Further, she mentioned the role of the Constitution in empowering her to make decisions on cases and controversies. She said she is aware of the careful adherence to the precedent that supervises her job.

It Took America 232 Years

The Supreme Court live-streamed the ceremony on its homepage. However, the court announced a formal investiture ceremony in the future.

Afterwards, the first black woman on the US Supreme bench gave a historical speech. During the speech, she said that all Americans could take great pride in the decision. She also mentioned that it took 232 years and 115 appointments for America to designate a Black woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court.

She cited Americans deprived of opportunities as her role models. The newly appointed Supreme Court justice said their willingness to work inspired her to make America a great nation. Later, she quoted the late poet Maya Angelou.

Born in Washington DC and growing up in Miami, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson graduated from Harvard Law School.

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