What You Need to Know:
Friday was a day of celebration at the White House as President Biden welcomed Justice-designate Ketanji Brown Jackson, her family, friends and scores of supporters. Judge Jackson made history the previous day as the first Black woman confirmed to the Supreme Court by the Senate.  

Mr. Biden recognized the journey Judge Jackson traveled, not over her career, but just in the days from her nomination to the Senate confirmation hearing.

“I knew the person I nominated would be put through a painful and difficult confirmation process, what Judge Jackson was put through was well beyond that,” the president stated. 

In the face of “verbal abuse, the anger, the assertions and accusations,” Mr. Biden continued, “Judge Jackson showed the incredible character and integrity she possesses.” 

Justice-designate Jackson gave a stirring, emotional and history-packed speech, telling not only her story, but recognizing the stories of her ancestors as well.  

“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,” she said. “But we’ve made it. We’ve made it. All of us.” 

Why You Need to Know:
We have made it. But there is much more “making it” to do. The work is far from the finish line. The takeaway from this nomination and confirmation period: Elections Matter. Friday’s celebration demonstrates how important it is to register to vote and then, vote. Just as people of color mobilized to make a difference in 2020 races from the U.S. House, Senate and the White House, to quote a famous 1970’s movie, voters must “Do It Again,” in 2022. Even more so, as Republican-led states have changed the election laws to further suppress and deny the vote. 

The next round of primary elections will take place in May:
In a recent interview, host Charlamagne tha God startled Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg with talk that many Black people are disappointed by Democrats, the stalled George Floyd Policing bill, the John Lewis Voting Rights bill and others. But instead of allowing disappointment to keep us from the polls, let this be the impetus to continue shifting the balance of power-by voting. “

Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” Amos 5:24