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Op-Ed: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s U.S. Supreme Court Confirmation Proves That You Can’t Keep a Great Black Woman Down

I recently wrote an Op-Ed in Ebony discussing the brilliant legacy of Black women breaking barriers and their persistence and unflappability in the face of criticism, and the nevernding onslaught of those trying to keep them down and to maintain the status quo.

I examine the barrier-breaking and the criticisms through the lens of my own experience and that of our newest Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, whose attacks played out for all to see publicly.

Change is slow. This particular breaking of barriers was long overdue—but it still stands as progress. And for those who want to maintain the status quo, who want to ignore history if not ban it outright from even being taught, take note: the undoing of this 200-year-old boys club is a harbinger of what’s to come.

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