Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., looks on as Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson signs the Oaths of Office in the Justices' Conference Room, Supreme Court Building. Credit: Fred Schilling, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson Sworn-in as First Black Woman on U.S. Supreme Court

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“It took just one
generation to go from
segregation to the
Supreme Court of the
United States,” Jackson
asserted. “It is an honor
of a lifetime to have this
chance to join the court,
to promote the rule of
law at the highest level,
and to do my part to
carry out shared project
of democracy and equal
justice under law forward,
into the future.”
Associate Justice
Ketanji Brown Jackson
officially joined the U.S.
Supreme Court, marking

a historic first for an
African American woman.
After receiving the
required two oaths
– Chief Justice John
Roberts administered the
constitutional oath, and
outgoing Justice Stephen
Breyer, provided the
judicial oath – Jackson
joined a court in turmoil.
Protests have
erupted with the recent
overturning of Roe
v. Wade, and other
controversial decisions by
the high court, including
expanded gun rights at a
time where the nation has
witnessed nearly a deadly

Texas Tribune/REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

mass shooting each day.
Judge Jackson’s ascent
to the bench still provides
hope, she remarked.
“It took just one
generation to go from
segregation to the
Supreme Court of the
United States,” Jackson
asserted earlier.
“It is an honor of a
lifetime to have this
chance to join the court,
to promote the rule of
law at the highest level,
and to do my part to
carry out shared project
of democracy and equal
justice under law forward,
into the future.”

The court’s new term
begins in September and
Jackson immediately will
help decide momentous
opinions like the federal
government’s jurisdiction
over wetlands; an
Alabama voter
suppression law, and
affirmative action cases
that challenge admission
policies at the University
of North Carolina and
Harvard.
Jackson has stated
she’ll recuse herself
from the Harvard case
because she served on
the school’s board of
overseers.

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