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The following quotes were said by Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. What do the quotes tell you about who Ketanji might be is as a person? What do they tell you about some of the things she believes in and what her priorities are?

“Be open to new ideas and experiences because you’ll never know when someone else will have an interesting thought or when a door will open to take you on the journey of your dreams.”

“Among my many blessings and indeed the very first is the fact that I was born in this great country. The United States of America; the greatest beacon of hope and democracy the world has ever known.”

“In our family, we have a mantra that emphasizes the prioritization of work over play as one of our first principles.”

“The privilege of working with strong women role models has been essential to my career development and it’s crucial to the development and advancement of girls like my daughters who need to learn that they have opportunities in America today.”

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What job in Jackson’s long career do you think best prepared her for the Supreme Court?


Have you read any other books about a Supreme Court Justice? How was their life and career similar to and different from Jackson’s?


How does having a Supreme Court made up of Justices from different backgrounds help the United States as a whole?

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