“It’s More Than History; It’s Hope”: Social Media Reacts as Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson Is Sworn In

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Photo credit: Anna Moneymaker - Getty Images

Today, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson became Justice Jackson when she was sworn in as the next justice to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Justice Jackson is the 116th person to sit on the court—and while she's the first Black woman, she will not be the last.

This is a historic moment for America. Even in the midst of protests over the Supreme Court voting to overturn Roe v. Wade, the importance of Justice Jackson's position cannot be undermined. Many Americans feel elated that there is finally a Black woman on the highest court. People took to social media to share their happiness; below, find some of the best reactions to our new SCOTUS justice.

Van Jones notes the importance of this moment for Black women.

Senator Cory Booker knows the country will be better because of Justice Jackson.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul says this is a "step toward progress."

Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock celebrates this history-making moment.

Representative Stacey Plaskett of the U.S. Virgin Islands notes how Justice Jackson will inspire young girls.

Senator Elizabeth Warren is "thrilled" that Justice Jackson will bring "invaluable perspective" to the court.

DNC Chair Jaime Harrison says his "heart is full."

Former NPR host Michele Norris shares how this news is exactly what America needs right now.

Renée Graham, a Boston Globe columnist, is "thrilled," even if it feels like whiplash.

New York Congressman Mondaire Jones is calling out Jackson's title change.

And many others, from Padma Lakshmi to LeVar Burton, are putting it simply: Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.

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