Teens say Miami native on shortlist for Supreme Court an inspiration

Ketanji Brown-Jackson could be the first Black woman to be seated on the Supreme Court and she's already being called an inspiration

PINECREST, Fla. – Just the news that Ketanji Brown-Jackson is the lead candidate for a historic nomination, to be the first Black woman to serve on the highest court in the United States, has inspired so many.

Lexi Blackwell, a student at Miami Palmetto High School where then-Ketanji Brown graduated in 1988 said: “We need to have more representation and that is exactly what she is doing.”

For Miami Palmetto Senior High School Student Desiree Alfred, the possible nomination would mark the first time, she said, that she would have the chance to see herself reflected in the Supreme Court.

“I am happy that Black women are starting to be seen,” Alfred said.

In 2021, when President Biden nominated Brown-Jackson to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, she spoke about her ascent to that position as being historic.

“An opportunity that my grandparents would not have been able to even fathom.”

Miami Palmetto Senior High School Principal Victoria Dobbs said that it holds great meaning that Brown-Jackson is from South Florida.

“The fact that she grew up in Miami and got her education here. That’s really very exciting for us,” Dobbs said.

A woman who graduated from Miami Palmetto Senior High School could become the first Black woman to be nominated to the Supreme Court.

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