Our hearts are full as we celebrate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Today, she has made history as the first Black woman to be confirmed to the US Supreme Court. Her nomination was one of victory brought on determination, as she underwent immense scrutiny from multiple Congress members. Ultimately, glory is hers and we honor all she has accomplished so far.

Judge Jackson was born in 1970 to Johnny and Ellery Brown, both of whom graduated from HBCUs. Fittingly, she was born in Washington D.C. Her family relocated to Miami when Jackson was a child, which is where she remained until she went off to attend Harvard University in Massachusetts. From there she attended Harvard Law. She graduated in 1992 and 1996, respectively.

She served as a law clerk for multiple judges before clerking for justice Stephen Breyer beginning in 1999. Breyer stepped down from the Supreme Court in January 2022 and President Biden nominated Judge Jackson to succeed him.

Judge Jackson married her husband of 25 years, Patrick Jackson in 1996. They have two daughters, Talia and Leila.

In the 2000s, she practiced law for private practices. She later worked as a public defender. In 2009, former President Barack Obama nominated Jackson to be the vice chair of the US Sentencing Commission. She served there for five years.

Article continues after video.

Justice Breyer swore her in as a judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia in 2013.

Judge Jackson was first nominated to sit on the Supreme Court in 2016. She did not make it to confirmation. But today, the coveted seat with a lifetime appointment is all hers.

Keep scrolling to see Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s journey in photos.

TOPICS: