'I AM THE DREAM AND THE HOPE OF THE SLAVE': Jackson Gives Remarks at Confirmation Celebration

posted by Hannity Staff - 4.08.22

Newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson was celebrated in the White House Rose Garden on Friday. After the Vice President and President’s remarks, Jackson delivered a few words to those in attendance.

From Fox News…

Jackson, after the president’s remarks, said it “is the greatest honor of my life to be here with you at this moment,” and extended her “heartfelt thanks to the many, many people who have helped me as part of this incredible journey.” 

“First, as always, I have to give thanks to God for delivering me,” she said. “As I said at the outset, I have come this far by faith and I know that I am truly blessed to the many people who have lifted me up in prayer since the nomination. Thank you. I am very grateful.” 

Jackson also thanked Biden for “believing” in her and “honoring her” with the “extraordinary chance to serve our country.” 

“Thank you also, Madam Vice President, for your wise counsel and steady guidance,” she continued. “And thank you to the first lady and the second gentleman for the care and warmth that you have shown me and my family.” 

Jackson also thanked “each member of the Senate.” 

“It has taken two hundred and thirty-two years and one hundred and fifteen prior appointments for a Black woman to be selected to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. But we’ve made it. We’ve made it. All of us, all of us,” she said. “And our children are telling me that they see now more than ever that here in America, anything is possible. They also tell me that I’m a role model, which I take both as an opportunity and as a huge responsibility.” 

She added: “I am feeling up to the task primarily because I know that I am not alone.” 

Quoting Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise,” Jackson said: “I do so now while bringing the gifts my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave.” 

“So as I take on this new role, I strongly believe that this is a moment in which all Americans can take great pride,” she said. “We have come a long way toward perfecting our union in my family. It took just one generation to go from segregation to the Supreme Court of the United States.” 

She added that it “is an honor, the honor of a lifetime for me to have this chance to join the court to promote the rule of law at the highest level and to do my part to carry our shared project of democracy and equal justice under law forward into the future.” 

Watch a clip from Jackson’s speech below:

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