WASHINGTON – On Thursday, Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05) alongside 13 of her House colleagues, all Black women, sent a letter to President Joe Biden commending his commitment to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court. The letter also urges the President to consider appointing a Black woman with a strong track record of advancing civil and constitutionally protected rights and whose work has shown dedication to affirming the rights of our country’s most marginalized communities.
The Members wrote:
“There is not a single Black woman in the United States Senate to vote to confirm the first Black woman nominated to the Supreme Court. [W]e write as a collective to commend you for this historic announcement, and ask that the nominee reflect a deep and abiding commitment to adjudicate with moral and legal clarity… In its 233-year history, all but seven Supreme Court justices have been white men. It is no coincidence that the precedents set by the court in its history have largely reflected the perspective and limitations of those appointed to the bench, all the while, eroding public trust and credibility in an institution established to protect our most sacred and fundamental rights.”
The letter was led by Congresswoman Cori Bush (MO-01), and is signed by Congresswomen Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.-AL), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Joyce Beatty (OH-03), Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), Gwen Moore (WI–04), Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Shontel Brown (OH-11), Ilhan Omar (MN-05), Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (FL-20), Robin Kelly (IL-02), and Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18).
Click here to read the letter to President Biden.
Congresswoman Nikema Williams proudly serves Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District. Congresswoman Williams serves on the exclusive Financial Services Committee where she is Vice Chair of the Oversight and Investigations subcommittee, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the Select Committee for the Modernization of Congress. She is Freshman Class President and Co-Chairs the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus. Congresswoman Williams builds on the Fifth District’s legacy as the cradle of the civil rights movement as a champion of voting rights, closing the racial wealth gap, and ensuring the promise of America for all–regardless of their ZIP code or bank account.