Delmarva reacts to the historic Supreme Court confirmation
DELMARVA – Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is now Justice Jackson.
53 yays to 47 nays, that is a vote that made history just a few hours ago. Nominated by President Joe Biden on February 25th, she is now set to take on the bench as an Associate Justice.
“This nomination has been confirmed,” says Vice President Kamala Harris referencing a sound of success, for the future of diversity.
“When it came to her giving her speech, I could just feel chills. I could feel the history, the magnitude of the moment,” says the United States Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester.
United States Congresswoman, Lisa Blunt Rochester, is the first Black woman to represent the state of Delaware. And sitting in the hall, this was her reaction to Ketanji Brown Jackson, being nominated as the first Black woman to hold the title of Supreme Court Justice. She tells 47ABC its important to acknowledge all of Judge Jackson’s hard work, including her lived experience, and her work as a public defender. The Congresswoman is also glad that President Joe Biden nominated her to the highest court.
“We have made great strides throughout this entire nation and it is beyond time that we have a Black female sitting at the table of justice and making decisions,” says Speaker Pro Tem Sheree Sample-Hughes.
It’s a moment that not only encourages leaders like Speaker Pro Tem Sheree Sample-Hughes. But, also local students who feel represented on a new level.
“It makes me feel encouraged like you can do whatever you want and like no one can stop you,” says Zion Oge, a freshman at Parkside High School. And Kyira Johnson, a senior at Parkside High School says “It made me less worrisome being a black female it made me realize that it’s becoming a lot easier for us to be out there now. It gave me hope.” While a sophomore at Parkside High School, Aliya Silva took away from the moment to “fight for your case obviously, and if you want to do something, you shouldn’t let others affect like how you do it.”
And as student Kyira Johnson puts it, while it’s a move in the right direction the fight for change isn’t done yet.
“I still think there is a lot of things that we need to talk about, things that we need to come to agreements on, and then everything will start unfolding like it’s supposed to,” Kyira Johnson tells 47ABC.
Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester agrees, she says we are fortunate to have world leaders that understand the importance of diversity.
“The significance for this moment is that we take another step towards representation for all another level of our history as well as our government,” says the United States Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester.
And for the young Black girl watching this at home, Speaker Pro Tem Sheree Sample Hughes says it best:
“I would say stay the course, you may not always garner the support from everyone you would think in your circle but if you strongly believe you are standing by your convictions and you come to the table with education with integrity, then you can propel and you will propel,” advises Speaker Pro Tem Sheree Sample-Hughes. And she also says “Sometimes there’s days where you feel a little discouraged but you know that you’re here for a reason, and if you are interested in moving up the ladder, or see yourself in whatever the career opportunity may be envision yourself in the position already.”
Making it clearer, she says:
“If this is where you want to be, then start acting like it, start reading, start researching and get that information under your belt now and so you’ll be in that position when the day comes for you, and you will be prepared to serve.”