Black History Month is a few months away, but one woman in the midwest decided to get a jump start on things. On November 22, 2022, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer appointed Kyra Harris Bolden to the Michigan Supreme Court.
“She will bring a unique perspective to our high court as a Black woman — and as a new, working mom — that has too long been left out,” Whitmer stated, per Michigan Bride.
“Kyra is committed to fighting for justice for generations, and I know she will serve Michigan admirably, building a brighter future for her newborn daughter and all our kids.”
As Whitmer put it, Bolden will offer a “unique perspective.” It will also be a historic point of view. Kyra Harris Bolden will be the first Black woman to serve the state’s highest court.
“My voice on the court will inspire future generations to pursue their dreams,” Bolden stated, per Michigan Bride.
“I am humbled by this honor, and I am ready to get to work on behalf of all Michiganders.”
In addition to making history as the first Black female state supreme court justice, Bolden will also be the only justice to have served in the state’s legislature. Prior to joining the state’s supreme court, Bolden also worked as a criminal defense attorney and served as a state representative.
“The composition of our courts should reflect the population its rulings impact. I commend the Governor for selecting Kyra Bolden to serve on our state’s highest court,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said, per Michigan Bride.
“I know Rep. Bolden to be a sincere, caring and thoughtful person who will always take into consideration the substantial impact of each and every one of her opinions. She will serve the state with integrity and humility and will do so honorably.”