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Justice Stephen G. Breyer (Retired) administers the Judicial Oath to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson in the West Conference Room, Supreme Court Building. Dr. Patrick Jackson holds the Bible. Credit: Fred Schilling, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States.

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232 Years In The Making— First Black Woman Joins Supreme Court

By Stacy M. Brown,
NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent
@StacyBrownMedia

Associate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson officially joined the U.S. Supreme Court, marking a historic first for an African American woman.

After receiving the required two oaths – Chief Justice John Roberts administered the constitutional oath, and outgoing Justice Stephen Breyer, provided the judicial oath – Jackson joined a court in turmoil.

Protests have erupted with the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade, and other controversial decisions by the high court, including expanded gun rights at a time where the nation has witnessed nearly a deadly mass shooting each day.

Judge Jackson’s ascent to the bench still provides hope, she remarked.

“It took just one generation to go from segregation to the Supreme Court of the United States,” Jackson asserted earlier.

“It is an honor of a lifetime to have this chance to join the court, to promote the rule of law at the highest level, and to do my part to carry out shared project of democracy and equal justice under law forward, into the future.”

The court’s new term begins in September and Jackson immediately will help decide momentous opinions like the federal government’s jurisdiction over wetlands; an Alabama voter suppression law, and affirmative action cases that challenge admission policies at the University of North Carolina and Harvard.

Jackson has stated she’ll recuse herself from the Harvard case because she served on the school’s board of overseers.

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join the court, to promote the rule of law at the highest level, and to do my part to carry out shared project of democracy and equal justice under law forward, into the future.”

Photo: Stephen Breyer administering the Judicial Oath to Jackson Photo: https://www.supremecourt.gov/publicinfo/press/oath/oath_Jackson.aspx

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