Perseverance & Triumph: Miami’s Own Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

When Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson entered the Senate chamber last week to face rapid-fire questions on her preparedness to join the Supreme Court, she did so as the first Black woman in the nation’s history. Native to Palmetto, Judge Jackson’s familial roots delve deep into the Miami community, her father Johnny Brown as the former chief attorney for the Miami-Dade County School Board and her mother Ellery as the former principal of the New World School of Art.

The significance of Jackson’s journey from Palmetto High to Harvard law as a Black woman from the South touts the “Greatness of America that in one generation we could go from racially segregated schools in Florida to have me sitting as the first ever Floridian to ever be nominated to the Supreme Court of the United States.”, Jackson stated.

A beacon of hope to many, Ketanji Brown Jackson spoke her success into existence early on, her 1988 Palmetto high yearbook quote stating “I want to go into law and eventually have a judicial appointment.”

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Judge Jackson’s infallible poise amidst an aggressive line of questioning as she continues the journey to Supreme Court represents the strength and grace of the Black community as a whole. Ketanji Brown Jackson’s exemplary perseverance in the face of adversity serves as a reassurance within our own professional career obstacles. As we await the remainder of her SCOTUS nomination, the dream of the first Black female justice lives on.

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