Union County, New Jersey – April 8, 2022 – The Union County Board of County Commissioners celebrates and commemorates Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first African-American woman to be nominated and confirmed as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States in the 233 years of Court history, marking Thursday 7 Aprilandas a unique and powerful moment in American history.
The Board of Commissioners said: The appointment and confirmation of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson is a historic milestone in the progress our nation has made toward realizing the ideal of equality articulated by our nation’s founders.
The town of Hillside in Union County has itself become a symbol of this progress, as demonstrated on Monday, April 4andwhen U.S. Senator Robert Menendez chose Hillside as the first and only site in New Jersey for a press conference supporting the nomination of Judge Jackson.
The nomination and confirmation of Judge Jackson is especially significant for those of us in New Jersey who aspire to serve the public in elected office.
Just two years ago, every county commissioner, regardless of race or gender, was burdened with the colonial-era title of Freeholder, a permanent symbol of the power of white, male American citizens to own property. , including slaves.
The Freeholder title has for centuries represented a disincentive to the public service aspirations of young African American women and other people of color. Finally, it is no more.
We are proud to represent the residents of the Union County community as a diverse, majority-female Board of Directors, and we are proud that the “NJ Nineteen” group of African-American legislators, who are credited with rallying support for the new title, includes Commissioner Dr. Angela R. Garretson among its members.
And, on this historic occasion, we renew our commitment to the people of Union County, who trust us to continue working for the cause of equal dignity, equal respect and equal rights for all.
“During the Commissioner’s meeting last night, I mentioned the celebration of one of the most moving and powerful moments in American history – the confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as Associate Judge of the Supreme Court of the United States,” Commissioner Chairwoman Rebecca Williams said. “In assuming this position, Judge Jackson is all of us, regardless of ethnicity, skin color, sexual orientation, gender, creed or ability. She is anyone who constructs a vision of her future, from one stage to the next.
“On Monday, I was honored to join Senator Bob Menendez in my hometown of Hillside, along with the Reverend Dr. Christopher Michael Jones and other community representatives, to celebrate and support the nomination of the Judge Jackson,” Commissioner Dr. Angela Garretson said. “So many people have had to overcome obstacles, and Judge Jackson’s nomination proves that if you work hard and believe in yourself, you can do anything or be anything you want to be.”