Today, the NAACP sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, strongly urging support for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. After a review of her civil rights record and rulings, the NAACP noted that "Judge Jackson is an extraordinarily well-qualified candidate with an exceptionally diverse background. Her presence on the Court will help advance our common goal of providing equal justice to all."
"This is a history-making appointment for America. Based on her record, Judge Jackson will bring to the Court a unique and powerful voice that will forever change this institution. The NAACP proudly and enthusiastically endorses her nomination, We will engage and deploy our leaders and members in all fifty states to ensure the most favorable vote possible for this stellar nominee." Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO
"Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will bring her background, her perspective and her lived experiences as a Black woman to the Court. She will be the first former public defender ever to serve on the Court. This is an incredibly valuable perspective given the structural racism and discrimination that underlie every stage of the criminal legal system. She is the ideal candidate for this moment and this Court." Janette McCarthy Wallace, NAACP General Counsel
"In the 232-year history of the Supreme Court, this is a monumental first. The NAACP's efforts to monitor appointments to the Court date back almost one hundred years. Just as we embraced Thurgood Marshall's appointment to the Court in 1967 with celebration and pride, we are thrilled by this powerful opportunity to expand representation on the Court and appoint a justice like Judge Jackson who is committed to fundamental fairness and equal justice. " Leon W. Russell, NAACP Board of Directors, Chair
The NAACP's letter of support can be found below.
- KBJ Letter of Support