Podcast: Black Advocates React to Merrick Garland as Valerie Jarrett Defends Pick

Podcast: Black Advocates React to Merrick Garland as Valerie Jarrett Defends Pick


Last week, White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett delivered a keynote at the Black Women’s Roundtable annual summit in Washington, DC. Part of her speech focused on a defense of Judge Merrick Garland to replace Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on February 13, 2016.

But many Black advocates were not thrilled when President Obama selected Judge Garland.  They had working with the White House behind the scenes and offered the names of several African American jurists.  Many advocates wanted the President to select an African American woman judge for the first time in American history.

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke