April 7, 2022
Judge Jackson makes history as the first Black woman confirmed to the Court
Washington, D.C. – Lisa Rice, CEO, National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) issued the following statement following the confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court:
“Today is a historic and joyful day for our nation. The barrier-breaking confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve as the first Black woman Associate Justice on the highest court in the nation is a time of celebration for all but especially, Black women and girls everywhere.
“Watching today’s confirmation in the U.S. Senate, where Black people and other groups remain underrepresented, provided living proof of what is possible in America. Judge Jackson represents the absolute best of our American ideals, values, and promises. She is an eminently qualified jurist and will bring to the bench her incredible lived experiences as a former Supreme Court clerk and prosecutor as well as a Black woman whose family has been directly impacted by segregation and discrimination. Judge Jackson will bring to the Court her strong adherence to the rule of law and continued pursuit of equal justice for all. NFHA is pleased that Judge Jackson’s confirmation received bipartisan support, which is proof of her brilliant legal mind, stellar experience, strong character, and the knowledge that she will be a fair and impartial Associate Justice.
“Judge Jackson stands as a living testament for every person who, for far too long, has not seen themselves represented in the fabric of our democracy. Judge Jackson’s confirmation is a further step toward the equality, liberation, and representation that the founders of our country promised and that we deserve.
“On a personal note, as a Black woman with a long career in advancing civil rights and housing justice, I am moved beyond words when I think of the sacrifices my ancestors have made to help this nation live up to its ideals. The fact that Black girls and women can now look at the highest court in the land and see their image reflected is a moment that we all should applaud and be proud of as Americans.”
The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) is the country’s only national civil rights organization dedicated solely to eliminating all forms of housing and lending discrimination and ensuring equal opportunities for all people. As the trade association for over 170 fair housing and justice-centered organizations throughout the U.S. and its territories, NFHA works to dismantle longstanding barriers to equity and build diverse, inclusive, well-resourced communities.