In response to the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court, The Century Foundation President Mark Zuckerman released the following statement:

“Today, we move one step closer to a historic achievement. President Biden’s nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court is cause for celebration—not only because of her incredible record and skill as a jurist, but for what her nomination means for our country. If confirmed, Jackson will make history as the highest court’s first Black woman justice, a landmark appointment that is long overdue.

“For too long, such positions of power have been kept out of reach for too many, particularly African Americans, despite having immense import over all of our lives. Jackson’s career is second to none: A former public defender and clerk for Justice Breyer, she was recently elevated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and has ruled in a number of significant cases. Her nomination comes at a critical moment for the Supreme Court, with the rights of so many—from threats against race-based affirmative action to reproductive freedoms—hanging in the balance.

“Our government and legal system functions best when it reflects the people it serves. The Century Foundation congratulates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on this enormous achievement, and we urge the Senate to move quickly to confirm her nomination so she can begin serving on the Supreme Court.”

Ketanji Brown Jackson, nominee to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit, testifies during her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC. Source: Tom Williams-Pool/getty images