On March 6th, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson returned to her hometown in Miami-Dade county to receive recognition from the county commissioner as they plan to name a street after her in homage to all of her success.
Jackson made history last year by becoming a justice in the nation’s highest court, as the first Black woman to hold a seat on the bench. Miami will soon gain a street named “Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson Street.”
The street will be located in Cutler Bay, which is where Jackson grew up, went to primary school, and where her parents currently live. It is located on SW 184th Street between Old Cutler Road and Caribbean Boulevard.
In October 2022, Commissioners unanimously voted to create “Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson Street,” after Commissioner Danielle Cohen Higgins made it possible by sponsoring the legislation. Higgins claimed that giving Jackson a street named after her was the least that she and her community could do to commemorate her success and being the first Black woman to serve as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
“Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson represents everything that is possible and excellent in our community and country,” Higgins said. “As a mother, lawyer, public servant, and woman of color, the Justice is an inspiration, to say the very least. It is my absolute honor to recognize the Justice and to do so during Women’s History month.”
Jackson attended the 40-minute ceremony commemorating her at the Dennis C. Moss Cultural Arts Center, while surrounded by local dignitaries, members of the community, and her parents. At the event, Jackson and her community reflected on her journey and what brought her to this moment. “This is in many ways a celebration of us as it is of me because I grew up among all of you, and this is where I got my start.”
Ketanji Brown Jackson went to Miami Palmetto Senior High School, where she served as the student body president and participated in the school’s debate team, famously becoming a national debate champion. She graduated high school in 1998 and left Miami to attend Harvard University to pursue her career in law.
After graduating from Harvard, and before becoming a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, she served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia as its first Black woman judge. Jackson’s trailblazing achievements influenced Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava to speak up on the impact it had on her.
“Today’s dedication is not only attributed to Justice Jackson’s legacy and contributions to the legal profession but also honors the many achievements of women and people of color who fought for justice and equality throughout history,” said Mayor Cava. “Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson Street is a powerful symbol of our commitment to justice and opportunity for all people, and yet another signifier that we will not stop fighting alongside you.”
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