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History has Been Confirmed

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This piece was originally published in the April 7, 2022 edition of CAP Action’s newsletter, the Progress Report. Subscribe to the Progress Report here.

“I stand on the shoulders of many who have come before me, including Judge Constance Baker Motley, who was the first African American woman to be appointed to the federal bench … And like Judge Motley, I have dedicated my career to ensuring that the words engraved on the front of the Supreme Court building—”Equal Justice Under Law”—are a reality and not just an ideal” – Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

Yesterday, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson made history by becoming the first Black woman confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

She also became the first former public defender to earn a seat on the court. Her background and life experiences will bring a perspective to the court that it has  sorely lacked for its entire history. 

Judge Jackson will soon join the ranks of champions for justice such as Justices William Brennan, Thurgood Marshall, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Judge Jackson’s confirmation shows Americans that despite what can feel like a desperate time for the court, there can—and will—be progress.

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