Given by Wilma Owens February 27, 2022

Before the current nomination of Katanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, there were many African-American women who pioneered and opened the doors in the area of law. The first African American woman to become a lawyer was Charlotte Ray in 1872. Another pioneer was Violette Neatly Anderson who was the first to practiced before the US Supreme Court. They paved the way for individuals like Kamala Harris, Michelle Obama, and Stacey Abrams.