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President Biden confirmed his commitment to nominate a Black woman to the US Supreme Court, the nation’s highest court.

Among the names floated to replace Justice Stephen Breyer are California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and Judge of US District Court of South Carolina, Julianna Michelle Childs.

Leondra Reid Kruger is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California. She is a native of South Pasadena, California, she graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School.

Ketanji Brown Jackson is circuit judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. This is where leading contenders for the Supreme Court justices come from. She is a graduate of Harvard University, and Harvard Law School.

Justice Leondra Kruger (left), Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson (right) /Courtesy/

Judge of US District Court of South Carolina, Julianna Michelle Childs seems to be on top of potential nominees to the US Supreme.

Judge Childs has the inside yet critical support of President Biden’s trusted friend Jim Clyburn, a Democrat US House Representative, 6th District of South Carolina.

On Sunday during an interview session on one of the TV shows, Mr. Clyburn admitted that he had on occasions prior to an opening in the Supreme Court, spoken to him about Judge Childs.

“Judge Michelle Childs has everything I think it takes to be great,” Clyburn stated.

Jim Clyburn

He emphasized that diversity in the court is crucial and that having it reflect the US population would add to its credibility.

It was during Biden’s lowest moments when he was struggling and losing the race to be the Democratic Party nominee for the President in 2020 that Jim Clyburn suggested that he should pledge to put a black woman to the Supreme Court when he had the instance to do so.

After some cajoling, Biden made the pledge during the South Carolina primary elections, a move Clyburn credits for the resounding win and subsequent victory to be the Democratic Party Presidential nominee.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina during a Sunday morning TV show also gave a thumbs up for a potential nomination of Judge Childs, as a great jurist. This signals possible support from both sides of the aisle, a rare thing in Washington DC politics nowadays.

Senator Graham said “can’t think of a better person” for President Biden to consider.

Lindsey Graham
Judge Julianna Michelle Childs /Courtesy/


• A 1992 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law.

• Judge Childs was an associate attorney at Nexsen Pruet Jacobs and Pollard law firm.

• She became the first Black female partner in a major law firm in South Carolina.

• Judge Childs was appointed in 2010 by President Barack Obama to serve as a United States District Court Judge for the District of South Carolina.

• She earned two gubernatorial appointments to become the Deputy Director of the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (2000-02) and a Commissioner on the South Carolina Worker’s Compensation Commission (2002 – 2006).

• Judge Childs then won election from the South Carolina General Assembly as an at-large Circuit Court Judge (2006 – 2010).

Black women are a critical block of the Democratic Party and they are a force to reckon with.

The US Supreme Court has been dominated by white men since its establishment in September 24, 1789.

Former Justice Thurgood Marshall /Courtesy/

No black woman has ever served on it’s bench.

Two black men have been justices, i.e. the late Thurgood Marshall from October 1967 until October 1991. Current Justice Clarence Thomas replaced Justice Marshall following his retirement.

Also notable was the first time a woman served as a Justice in Sandra Day O’Connor, when she was nominated and confirmed in 1986 till her retirement in 2006.

Former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor /Courtesy/

Since then, several women have served as Justices. The late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. It is also notable that Justice Sonia Sotomayor is of Hispanic heritage.

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