First African American woman sworn in as U.S. Supreme Court justice
Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in at noon on Thursday to formally become an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, making her the nation’s first African American woman to serve in that role, Xinhua reported.
Chief Justice John Roberts administered the constitutional oath for Jackson while Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, whom she clerked for, administered the judicial oath, in a ceremony before a small gathering of her family at the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill.
Jackson, in a statement, said that she will administer justice “without fear or favor.”
The ceremony was streamed live on the homepage of the Supreme Court’s website. A formal investiture ceremony will take place at a later date, according to the court.
It came a day after Breyer, who had served in the Supreme Court since 1994, said that he will step down from the Supreme Court bench Thursday. The 83-year-old liberal announced his retirement from the court early this year.
U.S. President Joe Biden nominated Jackson, 51, to succeed Breyer in late February. It was one of the veteran Democrat’s major promises to fill a potential Supreme Court vacancy with an African American woman.
Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency