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Community reacts to the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown-Jackson

JACKSON, Tenn. (WNBJ) - An extraordinary moment in history was made yesterday as Judge Ketanji Brown-Jackson was confirmed as the first African American woman to the United States Supreme Court. 39 News talked to some people in the hub city reacting to this historic milestone for the country.

“Oh, I was ecstatic. It was an exciting moment,” said Gloria Sweet-Love, the President & Director of the NAACP Tennessee State Office.

The president of the Tennessee State Conference of the NAACP talks about this historic moment.

“Not only seeing Justice Brown-Jackson get confirmed but having a Black female the first woman vice president presiding over the hearings. It is definitely time for a Black female to be a part of the Supreme Court of the U.S. I think she brings a perspective that nobody else can bring but a Black female,” said Sweet-Love.

The finance director with the Jackson-Madison County African American Chamber of Commerce explains the emotions he felt after learning of the confirmation of Judge Brown-Jackson.

“First, I felt a lot of emotion because once again I have the pleasure of witnessing several firsts in my lifetime. The first African American president of the United States, the first African American female vice president of the United States, and now a supreme court justice who happens to be female also. So that was a joy," said Don McCorry, the Finance Dir. of the Jackson-Madison Co. African American Chamber of Commerce.

McCorry believes this moment will fuel the dreams of the younger generation.

“So, I am excited about the opportunity, more than anything the opportunity of dreams. Children will be able to think about a career in public service, law, and defense, that they may not have thought about before because I see somebody like me who did it and I can too. It’s hope.”

Judge Ketanji Brown-Jackson was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court following a 53 to 47 vote by the Senate.

Judge Brown-Jackson will take her position on the high court in October.

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