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Senate confirms Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as 1st Black woman to sit on Supreme Court 


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The Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court on Thursday, making her the first Black woman to serve on the highest court in the nation.

Reportedly, the historic vote was 53-47, with Republican Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska joining all 50 Democrats to vote in favor.

“In The 233-year history of the Supreme Court, never, never has a Black woman held the title of Justice,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. “Ketanji Brown Jackson will be the first and I believe the first of more to come.”

The vote was the rejected Republicans attempt to identify President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee as a “liberal extremist who had coddled criminals”, according to NY Times.

Democrats cheered loudly as the vote was gaveled. The confirmation is said to serve as a way for the President to continue delivering its campaign promises during the crucial time of facing challenges in the US, such as inflation, and abroad, such as in Ukraine.

Bidens stated during his 2020 presidential campaign his goal of nominating a Black woman to the Supreme Court, if selected.

Jackson will be sworn in once Justice Stephen Breyer retires in the summer.

While becoming emotional due to her confirmation, the Harvard graduate talked about her path to the nomination and values her parents placed upon her.

“They taught me hard work. They taught me perseverance. They taught me that anything is possible in this great country,” Jackson told Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey.

Judge Jackson’s parents both attended segregated schools and have two degrees from Harvard University.

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