Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated Calls for the Confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court
Washington, DC (February 25, 2022) – Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated released the following statement urging the United States Senate to confirm the historic nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson for the United States Supreme Court:
As one of the nation’s preeminent service-based sororities, comprised primarily of Black, college-educated women with more than 300,000 initiated members and over 1,000 chartered chapters worldwide, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated proudly supports President Joe Biden’s nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve as the first Black woman Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court.
The extraordinary qualifications, character, experience, integrity and commitment to upholding the United States Constitution that Ketanji Brown Jackson will bring to the Supreme Court is needed now more than ever. As a two-time Harvard University graduate who currently serves on the D.C. Court of Appeals, widely known as the second most powerful court in the country, Judge Jackson is a seasoned and skilled jurist with a wide range of judicial experience: from working as an assistant federal public defender representing indigent defendants to serving as vice chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission for several years.
This nomination, while historic, is not symbolic. It represents the inclusion of not only a skilled jurist on the Court, but the opportunity to bring a diversity of thought, lived experiences and perspective that has never been represented on our nation’s highest court in the 233 years of its existence. As Black women engaged in professional, civic and community endeavors across this country, we remain one of the most engaged voting demographics committed to protecting and advancing democracy for the benefit of all Americans. However, Black women remain vastly underrepresented throughout the judiciary, even as many decisions before the courts have disparate impact on Black women, mothers, families and communities; from matters related to voting and reproductive rights to criminal and environmental justice.
A strong democracy can only thrive when the people of the nation are reflected in the leadership of the nation. To this end, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated strongly urges the United States Senate to move with fairness and respect to expeditiously execute this nomination process and confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court. In doing so, we are confident that her confirmation will bring the country one step closer to achieving greater judicial diversity and a judicial system that better represents all Americans.