Supreme Court nominee an inspiration to young Black women

ATLANTA — This historic nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court  has inspired many women in metro Atlanta, particularly African-American women.

Channel 2′s Audrey Washington spoke to students at Spelman College in downtown Atlanta.

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It was hard for Taylor Morer to hide just how moved she was.

“I’m pre-law at Spelman right now and it makes me even more excited,” she said. “When I heard the news it brought tears to my eyes.”

Morer is a senior at Spelman College. Next, she’s headed to law school.

She said she stopped to watch as, for the first time in history, a Black woman was nominated to serve on the highest court in the land.

On Friday, in between her classes, Washington asked Spelman College student Lindsay Blackburn why she thinks the nomination is so significant.

“Opportunities are finally opening up to not just us Black women but to all women of color,” Blackburn said.


Judge Jackson graduated from Harvard Law School, spent some time as a public defender and is now a federal appeals court judge in Washington, D.C.

Georgia State University law professor Tanya Washington-Hicks graduated from Harvard Law School at the same time as Judge Jackson.

“It piques the imagination of what is possible for Black women and women in general,” she said.

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Washington-Hicks said that she believes Judge Jackson will bring a fresh perspective to the Supreme Court.

“Those experiences, in addition to being a Black woman in America, are all going to inform what she can bring to bear when it comes to making these very important decisions,” she said.