President Biden has the opportunity to nominate a new Supreme Court judge to the bench following the announcement of Liberal Judge-Liberal Judge Stephen Breer later this year. During his campaign, Biden promised that if the opportunity arose, he would nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court. Black women lead the charge to get Biden elected to office, but with failure Electoral Rights ActOrganizations led by black women feared another unfulfilled election promise.
Speaking at a news conference announcing Breyer’s departure, Biden said: “The person I will nominate will be a person with extraordinary qualifications, character, experience and honesty. And this man will be the first black woman ever to be nominated to the United States Supreme Court. “
Biden recently reiterated his commitment to nominate a black woman to the country’s highest court. According to rumors, among the best elections in Biden – Federal Judge J. Michelle Childs of South Carolina, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, and Judge Leandra Krugar of the California Supreme Court.
NGOs such as the Black Southern Women’s Collaborative say it’s important that the historic nomination be a woman who will make progress, not just promises to communities.
The Black Southern Women’s Collaborative is a group of organizers and CEOs of black women who seek to pool resources and organize understanding to influence change. A group of six members is organized to increase suffrage and civic participation and end police violence, mass imprisonment and other issues that negatively affect black communities.
The group is led by Aquila S. Wallace, executive director of Faith in Texas; Ashley Shelton, founder, president and CEO of The Power Coalition, Louisiana; Nse Ufot, Executive Director of the New Georgia Project; Rev. Ronda Thomas, CEO of Faith in Florida; Stephanie Strong, lead organizer of Faith in Action Alabama; and Tameka Greer, executive director of Memphis Artists for Change in Tennessee.
Memphis Artists for Change (MAC) is a community organization and economic development organization that creates opportunities for community-sanctioned change in areas that are not served. Tameka Daniel (Greer) founded MAC in 2012 with the goal of giving communities the opportunity to accept their identity. She realized that artists from her network could lead community initiatives. She encouraged artists and partner organizations to collaborate and help fulfill community goals. As a group, they identified that the focus would be on reducing the effects of poverty and helping families in need.
The Chicago defender spoke with Black Southern Women’s Collaborative member Tameka Greer, executive director of Memphis Artists for Change in Tennessee, about the importance of this historic nomination.
For more information on Tameka Greer and Memphis Artists for Change visit their website at www.memphisartistsforchange.org.