Update: On Thursday, April 7, the Senate voted 53-47 to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, making her the first Black woman to be elevated to that role. Jackson received bipartisan support from Senators Mitt Romney of Utah, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine.
On Feb. 25, President Joe Biden officially nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for a seat on the United States Supreme Court. And at that moment history was made. Jackson is now the first Black woman to ever receive this nomination, and if confirmed, will be the first Black woman to serve in our country’s highest court.
Anita Hill, a professor at Brandeis University, described watching the press conference, saying, “I sat up straighter and felt grateful to have witnessed another glass ceiling that was shattered in my lifetime.”
Hill herself became a national figure in 1991 when she accused then U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. Thomas was previously her supervisor at the US Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
So for her, and many others, Friday’s announcement was especially meaningful. And also long overdue
Today – Hill speaks to WURD Radio CEO and URL Media co-Founder, Sara Lomax-Reese, about her own story and the significance of Jackson’s nomination.
She also discusses the op-ed she wrote exclusively for URL Media about what it means for a Black woman to be on the United States Supreme Court.