Tuesday, September 13, 2011

First African-American Woman on 6th Circuit Court

It's not often I get to share some good news, uplifting news, or news showing progress vs. regression. But, I get to write something positive and  smile today.

The Senate has confirmed Bernice Donald as a judge on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Donald will be the first African-American woman confirmed for that court. The Cincinnati-based court serves Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

Donald has broken through racial barriers throughout her career. She was the first African-American woman to be elected as a judge in Tennessee, serve on the federal bankruptcy court and sit as a U.S. district judge in her state. She has been a federal judge based in Memphis the past 16 years.

Donald is the sixth of 10 children raised on a sharecropper's farm in Mississippi.

The vote was 96-2. Voting "no" were Republican Sens. Jim DeMint of South Carolina and David Vitter of Louisiana.
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