In 1988, Washington named its first African-American Supreme Court Justice, Charles Z. Smith. Twenty years later, Oregon has done the same.
The Urban League is proud to celebrate the investiture of Oregon Supreme Court Justice Adrienne C. Nelson. She is the first Black jurist to serve on an appellate court in Oregon. Justice Nelson was sworn in on January 9th. Then, her ceremonial investiture took place on March 23rd in the Supreme Court Chamber in Salem. Urban League President Nkenge Harmon Johnson, a member of the Oregon State Bar, was honored to attend both occasions.
At the investiture, Urban League Youth Program Assistant, a well-known vocal artist, Saeeda Wright, sang with the Northwest Freedom Choir in celebration of Justice Nelson. Later, local attorney Jonathan Patterson was among those who gave remarks. Read Mr. Patterson’s moving speech here.