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With grit and grace, and holding more trial-court experience than any current Supreme Court Justice, Ketanji Brown Jackson demonstrated to America that she was prepared, poised, and would ultimately persevere through insults and attacks.

Her magnificent triumph during her hearings, earning her bipartisan support, evoked for millions a moment of invincible joy.

After two centuries, America will have its first Black woman on the highest court in our land.

It was a 21st century Jackie Robinson moment, a moment in which barriers were at long last broken, but it was also something even deeper. Her confirmation is the embodiment of our ancestors’ wildest dreams. For so many Americans who carry hurt and even scars about being overqualified and yet still denied, her success was healing and fortifying as we continue the work to make ours a more perfect union.

This is a time to rejoice. Not only will Ketanji Brown Jackson ascend to the Supreme Court, she will serve there for years to come and help our nation move forward in its long and epic journey toward justice.

Booker, a Democrat, is a U.S. Senator for New Jersey

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