Ohio Black Women Leaders Celebrate Historic Confirmation of Judge Jackson To the Supreme Court

State Rep. Juanita Brent

Special To The Truth

Following Judge Jackson’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, despite baseless attacks from the Republicans who hope to oversee judicial confirmations as members of the U.S. Senate, Ohio Black
women leaders released the following statements in response:

“With the confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, our country is one step closer to a Supreme Court that understands the struggles of working families and prioritizes civil rights. Today’s historic vote gives hope to millions of young Black girls, who for the first time see someone who looks like themselves on the highest court in the country, that they can achieve their dreams. Judge Jackson is a supremely qualified jurist with the right disposition for the job – and it’s embarrassing that Ohio Republicans running for U.S. Senate have parroted lies about her to cover for their anti-worker agenda that harms Ohio families.” -Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President Juanita Brent, Cleveland

State Rep. Tavia Galonski

“Congratulations to Judge Jackson for her historic confirmation to the Supreme Court. Judge Jackson is uniquely prepared to serve on the highest court in our country, which is why her appointment has earned bipartisan support, uniting civil rights groups, law enforcement, labor unions and business groups. While Judge Jackson has repeatedly shown she has the right temperament and judgment to serve on the United States Supreme Court, the GOP Senate candidates have pushed baseless personal attacks and lies about her character – proving they do not have the temperament or judgment to serve the working people of our state.” -State Representative Tavia Galonski, Akron

State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson

“Today, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson made history as she was confirmed to serve as the first African American woman on the United States Supreme Court. Judge Jackson is exactly the right nominee for this moment who will protect civil rights, workers’ rights and more. It is shameful but unsurprising that the Ohio Republicans who have focused their campaigns on petty feuds and posturing have stooped so low to attack the character of a qualified, fair-minded jurist.” -State Representative Paula Hicks-Hudson, Toledo

Geraldine Hayes-Nelson, PhD

“Representation is important – and history will remember today’s historic vote to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Judge Jackson is an extraordinarily qualified nominee and an accomplished jurist. It is unfortunate that some running for office in Ohio would rather echo the baseless attacks and conspiracy theories spewed by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee than treat her with the respect she deserves as a highly-qualified nominee.” -Geraldine Hayes Nelson, PhD, former president of the Portage County NAACP