On February 25, 2022, the Honorable Ketanji Brown Jackson of the United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia became the first African American woman nominated to serve as a Justice of the United States Supreme Court. I’ve thought about how this nomination will impact Black history and what this representation means to American history as a whole.

The accomplishments and presence of African Americans cannot be contained in 28 days. The strength and persistence of Black Americans contributes to the fabric of America, even when February ends.  As we move into GMLC’s first Session of 2022, I carry with me reflections of our past (most of these stories brought to life from parents and grandparents) and excitement for the pursuit of progress. I will be extra mindful in paying attention to Session One which focuses on Missouri’s Governmental, Political and Educational processes.

We have a shared responsibility as leaders to be open minded, civil and intentional in our conversations.  Providing access to government, politics, and education to the underserved and unrepresented arms these communities with the tools to understanding, navigating, and succeeding in America.  It is important we understand how balanced receptivity to equity, diversity and inclusion are critical to addressing and resolving the challenges we’ve inherited and that continue to hinder the growth of our nation.