Maya Wiley Lauds Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson as SCOTUS hears Merrill v. Milligan

Maya Wiley (’92), President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, authored an article for The New Republic discussing how Ketanji Brown Jackson demonstrated the importance of representation on the high court in determining representation in elected office, as the Supreme Court considers whether Alabama redistricting violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (“Look Out, Supreme Court, Ketanji Brown Jackson Came to Play,” Oct. 7). “The first Black woman justice delivered a master class on democracy and the Constitution at her first oral argument, which took up a historic case on racial discrimination and whether race can be a factor in protecting Black voters’ ability to elect members of Congress. In doing so she proved that history not only matters, but that knowing history is essential in understanding how we look at race in order to protect people of color from discrimination. . . . Jackson has elevated and illuminated the debate we must have and the facts we must share if we are to come together and be a representative democracy in which we all have a say in who leads us.”