The state of Michigan welcomes its first black female Supreme Court chief justice.
On Sunday, Kyra Bolden made history and became Michigan’s first black woman to serve in the state’s Supreme Court. In addition, Bolden is the seventh female to hold the title as chief Justice in the state.
“I will ensure equal access to justice, apply the law without fear or favor, and treat all who come before our state’s highest court with dignity and respect,” Bolden said. “I also know that this moment, becoming the first black woman to serve on the Michigan Supreme Court, would not be possible without leaders like Judges Shelia Johnson, Debra Nance, Deborah Thomas, Cynthia Stephens and Denise Langford Morris.”
She continued, “These are the Black women who blazed the path that I seek to follow. I hope that my voice on the court will inspire future generations to pursue their dreams. I am humbled by this honor, and I am ready to get to work on behalf of all Michiganders.”
The 34-year-old was appointed into the position by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in November after Justice Bridget Mary McCormack announced her retirement last year.
Governor Whitmer’s decision to select Bolden for the role was because according to her, Bolden would “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. 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.”