U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson will tell the story of her life in a new memoir.
Random House will publish Jackson’s Lovely One, which it describes as “an inclusive, incisive, and inspiring account of how Justice Jackson’s family ascended from segregation to her confirmation as a jurist on America’s highest court in one generation.”
Jackson, who grew up in Miami and graduated from Harvard Law School, served as a U.S. circuit judge before being nominated to the Supreme Court by President Joe Biden following the retirement of Justice Stephen Breyer. She was sworn in last June, becoming the first Black woman to serve on the court.
In her memoir, Random House says, Jackson “describes her challenges and triumphs, shares her love story with refreshing honesty, lively wit, and warmth, and ultimately tells a moving, open-hearted tale that will spread hope for a more just world.”
“This memoir marries the public record of my life with what is less known,” Jackson said in a statement. “It will be a transparent accounting of what it takes to rise through the ranks of the legal profession, especially as a woman of color with an unusual name and as a mother and a wife striving to reconcile the demands of a high-profile career with the private needs of my loved ones.”
No publication date has been set for Lovely One.
Michael Schaub, a journalist and regular contributor to NPR, lives near Austin, Texas.