Already glorified nation-wide as the first Black woman nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson is now set to receive another honor right here in her hometown.
Brown Jackson, who grew up in Miami-Dade County, will have a portion of Eureka Drive renamed after her following commissioners’ approval of the item last week.
Rep. Frederica S. Wilson was among those present at the Oct. 6 meeting to speak in favor of the designation.
“I know that when generations of our children look upon the Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson Street, they too will feel the same pride and know that nothing is impossible,” Wilson said.
Also honored was Barbara Carey-Shuler, the first Black woman – and later, chairwoman – to serve on the Board of County Commissioners (BCC). Commissioners voted to designate a portion of NW 22nd Avenue in Liberty City in her name.
First appointed to the BCC in 1980, Carey-Shuler’s efforts during her 25-year tenure included creating affordable housing and business opportunities for low-income and minority residents, securing funding for historically Black buildings and localities, and spearheading legislation requiring psychological evaluation and sensitivity training for police officers.
Following more than an hour of praise by commissioners, Black business owners and community members, Carey-Shuler recognized those who have contributed to her success throughout the years.
“This is home,” she said, “and I feel so loved.”