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Meet the Black Women Who Could Possibly Fill the SCOTUS Seat

Meet the Black Women Who Could Possibly Fill the SCOTUS Seat

All eyes are on the Supreme Court seat where one of two Black women could be the next Supreme Court Justice. 

And guess what? 

The women who could possibly fill the seat are LOC wearers. 

We’re totally here for it! 

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and Sherrilyn Ifill are the women in the running. 

Seeing both of these women in professional settings unapologetically rocking their locs is quite refreshing and inspiring.  

So, what’s the scoop on these two trailblazing Black women who are on President Biden’s shortlist to fill the empty SCOTUS seat? 

Well, we’re glad you asked. 

Let’s get into it! 


Judge Ketangi Brown Jackson 

Judge Ketangi Brown Jackson is usually seen rocking sisterlocks. We love sisterlocks because of their versatility. Whether you’re dressing up or down, these locks will match your style. As for Judge Jackson, you can catch her sisterlocks styled to perfection on the job. 

Before her career put her on the map, she was a student at Harvard University. Her trek as a mover and shaker started back in 1992, when she graduated from Harvard as a magna cum laude graduate. Not only that, but she graduated from Harvard Law School as a proud cum laude graduate just a few years later. It’s safe to say that she was the definition of “beauty and brains” back then. And it seems like, all her law school dreams came true after graduation when she nailed incredible career opportunities. 

Over the years, her career roles included working as a: 

  • Clerk for three judges 
  • Assistant special counsel at the United States Sentencing Commission 
  • Appellate Litagator for Morrison & Foerster 

She’s currently a mover and shaker in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. 

Sherrilyn Ifill

When it comes to Civil Rights Law, Sherrilyn Ifill is the woman you need to know. She is the President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. And when it comes to her beautiful, long locs she isn’t afraid of standing up to make her voice heard. 

Back in 2019, she tweeted “I have appeared w/locs in fed & state courts, the White House & Congress, on TV, to receive honorary degrees, every day for 17yrs. Walk in excellence. Wear your crown proudly.”

In that same tweet, she went on to say “We challenge hair discrimination at @NAACP_LDF b/c we know it is steeped racial stereotypes & bias. #loclife

Additionally, she exercised her voice on a case about a Black woman who allegedly lost a job offer because of her locs. 

Sherilynn is quoted saying “A black natural hairstyle is not a relevant factor for determining whether a person is able to do a specific job.” 

Now, cue the handclaps for her BOLDNESS to stand up for everyone who rocks locs. Now, before she got deep into the world of civil rights, she graduated from Vassar College back in 1984. Afterward, she went on to study law at New York University School of Law. She held down incredible career positions like working as a Fellow for the American Civil Liberties Union. Besides her career moves, Sherillyn Ifill has quite a few awards attached to her name. She’s been recognized with the Society of American Law Teachers Great Teacher Award. Additionally, Glamour magazine gave her the title of Woman of the Year back in 2020. And that’s not all, she is also part of Time’s 2021 “100 Most Influential People in the World.” 

Sherillyn is also a proud author of the book “On the Courthouse Lawn: Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the 21st Century.” 

Now, it’s safe to say that Sherillyn Ifill isn’t playing any games when it comes to racial injustice. 

What are your thoughts? 

So, tell us, how excited are you about seeing Judge Ketangi Brown Jackson and Sherillyn Ifill in the running to becoming the next Supreme Court Justice? 

Drop in the comments to let us know.

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  • I’ve always wanted smaller locs but as a professional woman in majority white spaces, I resisted the urge. But when I first saw Ketangi Brown Jackson, I was like…okayyy, this is socially acceptable absolutely now. The highest levels of our government now have a black woman with locs. I’m installing my own microlocs now, on day three. And just today I saw Sherillyn Ifill on a talk show and felt even more affirmed and encouraged. So empowered by these women! Their authenticity and status is embodied in their hair and I can’t wait to join them!
    Nasamaps on

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