North Carolina To Have Its First Black Woman As Supreme Court Chief Justice
Cheri Beasley just made history as she has been appointed as the first black chief justice of North Carolina’s state Supreme Court.
“It is not at all lost on me, this historic factor, especially given that this is Black History Month,” Beasley said in a speech reported by local ABC affiliate WTVD.
“I hope that in some way, my service inspires young people, especially, but really I hope it’s a show of symbolism for where we are in North Carolina,” she added. “This is certainly not the North Carolina of 200 years ago.”
Beasley has been working at the North Carolina Supreme Court since 2012. She is scheduled to take on her new role in March where she is replacing Chief Justice, Mark Martin.
“Justice Beasley is a well-respected jurist, and I know her to be fair and deeply committed to viewing all North Carolinians equally through the eyes of the law,” he said. “I appreciate Justice Beasley’s willingness to serve the people of our state in this critical role.”