Judge Jackson Gives Thanks For Help Along Her Path To Become Supreme Court Justice

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“Over these past few weeks, you’ve heard a lot from me and about me, so I hope to use this time primarily to do something that I have not had sufficient time to do, which is to extend my heartfelt thanks to the many, many people who have helped me as part of this incredible journey,” she said in her acceptance to the bench speech. 

Justice Jackson Brown is the first black female judge in history to be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

She said, “I have come this far by faith, and I know that I am truly blessed.  To the many people who have lifted me up in prayer since the nomination, thank you.  I am very grateful.” 

She identified several people from officialdom to her family members who helped to nurture and develop her career to the point where she’ll now sit on the bench of the highest court in the U.S. — the Federal Supreme Court.

She noted that it has taken a long time for a black person to reach the position she is set to occupy.

“It has taken 232 years and 115 prior appointments for a Black woman to be selected to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. But we’ve made it.  We’ve made it, all of us.  All of us,” she said.

“And — and our children are telling me that they see now, more than ever, that, here in America, anything is possible,” she added.

She said she has worked hard throughout her career and surpassed the expectations of her forebears.

“To be sure, I have worked hard to get to this point in my career, and I have now achieved something far beyond anything my grandparents could’ve possibly ever imagined.  But no one does this on their own.  The path was cleared for me so that I might rise to this occasion.” 

She continued, “And in the poetic words of Dr. Maya Angelou, I do so now, while “bringing the gifts…my ancestors gave.”  

“I am the dream and the hope of the slave.” 

In closing remarks, Justice Jackson Brown said, “And it is an honor — the honor of a lifetime — for me to have this chance to join the Court, to promote the rule of law at the highest level, and to do my part to carry our shared project of democracy and equal justice under law forward, into the future.”

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