The First African American Woman nominated to the Supreme Court of the United States
Today we celebrate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson!
Judge Jackson was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Miami, Florida. The daughter of HBCU graduates and educators. She is a proud product of the Miami-Dade County Public School System. Despite being raised by educators, she was met with resistance when she expressed an interest in going to Harvard. Her high school guidance counselor tried to discourage her from setting her sights "so high." Judge Jackson is a proud alumna of Harvard College, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She continued her education at Harvard Law School, where she graduated cum laude and was an editor on the Harvard Law Review. After graduation, Judge Jackson dedicated her career to serving the public. She started as a law clerk for Justice Stephen Breyer, then served the community as a federal public defender. She later followed her mentor's footsteps by working on the U.S. Sentencing Commission. She focused on reducing sentencing disparities and ensuring federal sentences were just proportionate. Judge Jackson's historic nomination brings us closer to having a judiciary that reflects all of the citizens it serves.