Ketanji Brown Jackson Is The First Black Woman Nominated To The Supreme Court : Consider This from NPR Ketanji Brown Jackson's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court fulfills a promise President Biden made while running for office: to nominate the first Black woman for the highest court. Critics said he was prioritizing identity over qualifications, but many have praised Jackson for being well equipped for what could be a historic appointment.

Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean of the Harvard Radcliffe Institute, wrote a book about the first Black woman to ever become a federal judge, Constance Baker Motley. She explains how that, and much more, paved the way for this nomination.

And NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg reports on Jackson's career and her path to the president's top pick.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org

Ketanji Brown Jackson Is The First Black Woman Nominated To The Supreme Court

Ketanji Brown Jackson Is The First Black Woman Nominated To The Supreme Court

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Ketanji Brown Jackson testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on pending judicial nominations on April 28, 2021. Kevin Lamarque/AP hide caption

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Ketanji Brown Jackson testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on pending judicial nominations on April 28, 2021.

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Ketanji Brown Jackson's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court fulfills a promise President Biden made while running for office: to nominate the first Black woman for the highest court. Critics said he was prioritizing identity over qualifications, but many have praised Jackson for being well equipped for what could be a historic appointment.

Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean of the Harvard Radcliffe Institute, wrote a book about the first Black woman to ever become a federal judge, Constance Baker Motley. She explains how that, and much more, paved the way for this nomination.

And NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg reports on Jackson's career and her path to the president's top pick.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org

This episode was produced by Lee Hale and Jason Fuller. It was edited by Fatma Tanis. Additional reporting Sandhya Dirks. Our executive producer is Cara Tallo.