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National Black Justice Coalition Urges Supporters to Call their U.S. Senators to Vote to Advance and Confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court 

CONTACT: Brett Abrams |

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted on the historic nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. The vote marked the first time an African American woman was voted on for the role of U.S. Supreme Court justice.

In reaction to yesterday’s committee vote and the upcoming procedural and confirmation votes, David Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition, a leading Black LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, issued the following statement: 

“Yesterday’s vote was historic despite the theatrical performance Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans have engaged in throughout this process. Judge Brown Jackson became the first Black woman to be voted on in the Senate Judiciary Committee for the role of U.S. Supreme Court justice. With last night’s discharge vote of 53-47, she moves closer to a confirmation vote by the full United States Senate. Each vote towards her confirmation shatters the too-high glass ceiling Black women have long bumped up against. History is made with each vote taken. During the Judiciary Committee hearings, her testimony reminded us of the lived and professional experiences that make her uniquely qualified for the Supreme Court, especially during this moment in history. Judge Brown Jackson understands how the law affects everyday people’s lives and the importance of public defenders committed to justice and equity.  Moreover, she has demonstrated an enduring commitment to civil and human rights. We urge all of our supporters and coalition partners to call their U.S. Senators today and demand they swiftly confirm Judge Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court without delay.” 

The U.S. Capitol switchboard number is (202) 224-3121.

The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS.