by Robin Kemp
Clayton County has an enormous number of Black women who are judges, lawyers, and elected and appointed officials. For these women, the elevation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first Black woman on the Supreme Court means everything. Here’s what they’re saying:
Rep. Sandra Scott (D-Rex)
“Words cannot express how I am feeling right now. I am grateful and thank God for allowing me to see the first Black woman appointed to the highest court in the land. My heart cried out as I reflected on this journey Ketanji Brown Jackson went through to become the first Black woman to sit on the highest court of the land. She was ridiculed, called unfit and unqualified to serve, but she never wavered. She stood her ground by standing for truth, justice and the pursuit of happiness. My mother and grandmothers would be proud, and I am excited for my grandson, granddaughter and all Black children because they see that they can
open any door.”
Rep. Kim Schofield (D-Atlanta)
“Yesterday was a historic moment in our nation for the confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson to be seated on the U.S. Supreme Court. Qualified and capable, this appointment recognizes that a Black woman will not only have a seat at the table, but she will also have a strong voice. It is time for women of all races and ethnicities to be recognized, confirmed and appointed. Congratulations, Ketanji Brown Jackson, and congratulations, America.”
We’ll add more reactions as we get them.