Ketanji Brown Jackson Becomes First Black Woman on Supreme Court

Ketanji Brown Jackson Becomes First Black Woman on Supreme Court
Ketanji Brown Jackson Becomes First Black Woman on Supreme Court (Image: Screenshot/YouTube/MSNBC)

Ketanji Brown Jackson, the 116th Supreme Court justice and the first Black woman to serve on the court, has been sworn in.

The ceremony concludes a months-long process that started in February, when President Biden revealed Jackson, 51, as his choice to replace Justice Stephen Breyer, 83, fulfilling a campaign pledge to appoint the first Black woman to the Supreme Court. Breyer, for whom Jackson clerked after graduating from Harvard Law School in 1996, officially retired on Thursday, clearing the way for her inauguration.

“For too long, our government, our courts haven’t looked like America,” Biden said when he nominated her.

“And I believe it’s time that we have a court that reflects the full talents and greatness of our nation with a nominee of extraordinary qualifications and that we inspire all young people to believe that they can one day serve their country at the highest level.”

Jackson took two oaths at the Supreme Court at noon: a constitutional oath administered by Chief Justice John Roberts and a judicial oath administered by Justice Stephen Breyer. In the fall, Jackson will have an official inauguration.

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