On February 25, 2022, First District Appellate Court African American Justices presented the Sixth Annual Black History Month Celebration via Zoom.
Entitled “A Look at Improving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in The United States Supreme Court” the program also featured music from the Musical Arts Institute such as “Cold Duck”, “String Ensemble, 2020 Symphony”, and “Sun Goddess”. Justice Bertina E. Lampkin served as the “Mistress of Ceremonies” and provided an introduction.
Justice LeRoy K. Martin, Jr., Justice Cynthia Y. Cobbs, Justice Lampkin, Justice Sharon O. Johnson, Justice Joy V. Cunningham, Justice Nathaniel R. Howse, Jr., and Justice Carl A. Walker each presented an African American judicial candidate who was under possible consideration for the United States Supreme Court. It was confirmed that same day that Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit was to be nominated by President Biden for the United State Supreme Court.
Retired Justice Shelvin Louise Marie Hall provided a look at the impending confirmation process and Justice Johnson concluded the program with closing remarks on the historic impact of a black female judge being nominated for the United States Supreme Court.