On Friday, President Joe Biden made history by announcing his intentions to nominate the first Black woman to the Supreme Court.
President Biden will nominate federal appeals court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. She will replace retiring Associate Justice Stephen Breyer.
51-year-old Jackson’s nomination is historic. She is first Black woman to be nominated for the nation’s highest court. She is described as a candidate with a strong background in criminal justice reform.
The current Supreme Court includes Associate Justices Elena Kagan and Amy Coney Barrett; Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor; Associate Justice Clarence Thomas. If Biden’s nominee is confirmed, it mark the first time two African Americans will serve on the court.
Who is Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson?
-Raised in Miami
-Harvard Law graduate
-A former federal public defender
-Previously served on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
No date has been set for the confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. It is expected Senate Democrats will act quickly on the nomination.