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.