Bishop Anne Henning-Byfield (AME Church photo)

On behalf of the membership of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the AME Council of Bishops commends President Joe Biden for his nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Further, we take note of Vice President Kamala Harris’ involvement in this momentous step toward equity and justice and urge all who have a role in making a swift confirmation the highest priority.

Judge Brown Jackson’s unparalleled accomplishments, character, and integrity, as well as her experience as a public defender and federal judge, will result in the US Supreme Court achieving a needed balance in perspective. The highest court in the land needs to have input from a seasoned jurist whose perspective on the issues from voting rights to criminal justice will expand the deliberations to reflect better the people who depend upon receiving justice in the courts of their homeland.

The AME Church’s 6,000 congregations with 2.5 million members will be educating its communities of service about the importance of this nomination and contacting the United States Senators who serve them to advocate for Judge Brown Jackson’s confirmation.

Bishop Anne Henning Byfield, President, Council of Bishops and Chair, Social Action Commission

Bishop Adam J. Richardson, Senior Bishop

Bishop Paul Jones Mulenga Kawimbe, President, General Board