Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson inspiring many with her accomplishments and representations for Black women and their hair
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- New Supreme Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is inspiring many with the glass ceilings she's soared through. Members of the Black community in Milwaukee tell CBS 58 that her freedom of expression with her hair is another way she's empowering Black women.
"I drafted a note for my goddaughter and I told her I felt such a deep sense of pride and joy, and about what this moment means for our nation and for her future, and I will tell you her braids are just a little longer than yours but as I wrote to her what this would mean for her life," said Vice President Kamala Harris.
Jackson has been wearing a natural hair locks style. Natural hair is when the style is unrelaxed or processed with chemicals. It includes locks, braids and twists.
For mother and natural hair enthusiast Kanika Ward, she said that kind of representation can only propel young girls, like her daughter, who won Miss Juneteenth.
"She wears her hair in locks as well, so I think how we represent, and we have role models that can portray that you can be beautiful in your own natural hair in its own state, that's powerful," said Ward.
Richard Armstead, barber from Gee's Clippers, said he hopes Jackson perpetuates the normalization of natural hair in the workforce.
"I think that that is an excellent opportunity to create positive imagery," said Armstead.
Hair discrimination has been prevalent in the U.S., usually affecting Black women. Some states have even passed laws to ban this sort of prejudice. Wisconsin is in the process of doing that as well.
Wisconsin State legislator of District 112, LaKeshia Myers, is pushing to pass the Crown Act.
"The Crown Act, crown is an acronym that stands for 'creating a respectful and open workplace for natural hair,'" said Myers.
This bill would also prohibit hair discrimination in schools and housing. It passed the House of Representatives in Wisconsin and is waiting to pass the Senate.
Many members of the Black community said Jackson has and will continue to change many lives.