Joe Biden touts black female federal judicial appointments at Martin Luther King Day event

President Biden touted his efforts to appoint black women to the federal judiciary on Monday, touting the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson as a landmark victory for black Americans.

Mr. Biden told the Rev. Al Sharpton and attendees of a National Action Network event that he was working to appoint more black women to the judiciary in an effort to make the federal judiciary more like America.

“I made a commitment to you, Al, I said, ‘I’m going to appoint the first black woman to the Supreme Court,’ and she’s about the smartest I might add,” Mr. Biden said. “And by the way, we’ve appointed more black women to federal district courts than all other presidents in American history combined.”

The president asked attendees at the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial to also thank Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, for his efforts to advance black women appointees through the confirmation process.

Rev. Sharpton compared Mr. Biden’s work to that of the previous senator-turned-president of the 20th century, President Lyndon Johnson.

“Dr. King worked with Lyndon Johnson and was able to implement some of the most legislative, transformational things that literally changed our lives,” Reverend Sharpton said. “Over the past two years, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have literally led to something that changed the lives of all Americans.”


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Mr. Biden’s appearance at the MLK Day celebration marked his third visit to the National Action Network’s annual event. He spoke there in 2014 as vice president and in 2019 before announcing his presidential campaign, according to a White House official.

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