Houston Defender managing editor Aswad Walker poses with his daughters, Maisha and Anana.

On March 18, Harris County, Texas Attorney Christian Menefee sent a letter signed by nearly 300 Black attorneys licensed to practice in Texas to Senator Dick Durbin, the Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary, and Senator Chuck Grassley, the Ranking Member of the Committee on the Judiciary.

This historic letter supports Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation to the Supreme Court of the United States, and urges the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary to make it happen.

Menefee and his contingent of bipartisan lawyers said what so many other organizations and individuals have said —that Jackson’s credentials are impeccable, and her experience as a lawyer and judge is beyond reproach. What they didn’t say — but even Mos Def could have — is that Jackson has more qualifications than the last two confirmed justices combined.

“What they didn’t say is that Jackson has more qualifications than the last two confirmed justices combined.”

But Menefee said something else that’s worth noting while lauding Jackson:

“State bars across this country are filled with brilliant Black women who have won important cases, served honorably as judges, and shattered glass ceilings.”

Those words serve as a reminder that Jackson’s confirmation is so much bigger than just Jackson’s confirmation. This sister represents so much more

And as a Black man, I am making a special plea to my brothers: If you haven’t already, add your name and your voice to those declaring support for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and calling for her confirmation. 

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