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February 25, 2022  

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Sojourners Applauds Supreme Court Nomination of  U.S. Circuit Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

Washington, D.C. - Sojourners applauds President Biden’s nomination of U.S. Circuit Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve as the 104th associate justice of the United States Supreme Court. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is a highly qualified candidate who would both shatter a glass ceiling and strengthen the court’s commitment to equal justice under the law.

“It’s important to point out that having a Black woman on the Supreme Court will have profound moral and practical significance to the United States. Representation matters, and when people become historic 'firsts' to occupy prominent positions in society, it changes what future generations of children see as possible,” said, Rev. Adam Taylor, President of Sojourners. 

A Black woman on the Supreme Court will bring important experience to the country’s highest bench, experience that matters because of the myriad ways the U.S. criminal justice system continues to disproportionately punish and criminalize Black people. Judge Jackson would also be the first Supreme Court justice to have previously served as a federal public defender, which gives her an additional important perspective. People’s lived experiences are strongly affected by the communities in which they are raised and by how those communities treat people across lines of difference, and her connection to the people and the issues they face makes her an even stronger candidate.