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Council of Bishops

African Methodist Episcopal Church


Today, we witnessed the confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court. This confirmation is a phenomenal moment in the history of the United States and represents a significant recognition of African American women as remarkable leaders in the legal system. 

Judge Brown Jackson is the 6th woman, the third African American, and the first Black woman!  From this day forward boys and girls from every background will be able to see this unashamedly Black, and supremely qualified woman as a face of Justice in the United States of America.

We do not celebrate just because she is the first African American woman Supreme Court Justice. Indeed, we celebrate an African American whose knowledge, experience, and educational preparedness are tempered with integrity and strength. Judge Brown brings to the Supreme Court these attributes in abundance--more than any other justice in history.

The African Methodist Episcopal Church commends President Joseph Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Senator Dick Durbin, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairperson, and the fifty-three Senators who voted for this outstanding candidate across party lines.

Congratulations Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson! You have earned this place in history. Today we pause to celebrate your dignity and grace, and the victory of righteousness in your confirmation We eagerly await the day this summer when you are sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court. We are convinced that you will continue to use your experience and legal knowledge to rule fairly and wisely with confidence and distinction.

Bishop E. Anne Henning Byfield, President of the Council of Bishops
Bishop Adam J. Richardson,  Senior Bishop
Bishop Ronnie E. Brailsford,  Secretary
Bishop Francine Brookins, Chair of Public Statement 
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