"It has taken 232 years and 115 prior appointments for a Black woman to be selected to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. But we've made it. We've made it. All of us."
"And our children are telling me that they see now more than ever that here in America anything is possible. They also tell me that I am a role model, which I take both as an opportunity and as a huge responsibility."
I am feeling up to the task, primarily because I know that I am not alone. I am standing on the shoulders of my own role models, generations of Americans who never had anything close to this kind of opportunity, but who got up every day and went to work believing in the promise of America. Showing others through their determination and, yes, their perseverance that good, good things can be done in this great country."
– Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson celebrated the "promise of America" in a moving speech from the White House following her historic confirmation to the Supreme Court of the United States. Joined by President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, Jackson remarked on how her family went from segregation to the country's highest court in one generation, and her confirmation is a feat "all Americans can take pride in." The judge also quoted the late poet Maya Angelou and said, "I do so now while bringing the gifts my ancestors gave. I am the dream and the hope of the slave."
Watch the moment Jackson and Biden learned the Senate confirmed her below.