As the Senate confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first black female Supreme Court Justice, Vice President Kamala Harris wrote a note to her goddaughter about what the historic vote would mean for future generations.
Harris tweeted the note for her goddaughter, Helena, on Friday, where the vice president expressed her joy and optimism at seeing Jackson confirmed. The memo is the latest in the emotional outpouring that followed Jackson’s rise to the nation’s highest court.
“I sit here with a deep sense of pride and joy – for this moment in our history and what I believe will mean to you and all of our nation’s current young and future leaders,” Harris wrote on the stationery. marked by the vice president. seal.
Harris smiled as he called the vote Thursday and the chamber erupted in applause as Jackson was confirmed 53-47. The vote makes Jackson the first black woman to serve on the Supreme Court in its more than 200-year history.
During the vote, Harris passed pen and paper to Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock, one of only three black members of the chamber, who wrote a letter to his daughter Chloe.
After her election in 2020, Harris became the first woman, the first black person, and the first person of South Asian descent to serve as vice president.
President Joe Biden and Harris celebrated Jackson’s confirmation outside the White House on Friday, highlighting how his confirmation would shape future generations.
Harris told Jackson at the event that she planned to tell her goddaughter that “her braids are just a little bit longer than yours.”
“So indeed the road to our more perfect union is not always straight, and it is not always easy. But sometimes it leads to a day like today – a day that reminds us of what is possible – which is possible when progress is made and the journey – well, it will always be worth it,” Harris said.
During the event, Jackson thanked her family and the judges she served as clerk for, including outgoing judge Stephen Breyer, whom she will replace. She also thanked “every member of the Senate,” noting that she had 95 personal meetings with 97 sitting senators.
In his remarks, Jackson said his children now tell him that they see everything possible in America.
“They also tell me I’m a role model, which I see as both an opportunity and a huge responsibility,” she said. “I feel up to the task, mainly because I know I’m not alone.”