US President Joe Biden
US President Joe Biden has affirmed that he will appoint a black woman to the top US court for the first time in history.
She will take up a seat to be vacated by liberal Justice Stephen Breyer, who will retire in June.
Appearing with Mr. Breyer on Thursday, Mr. Biden said he will announce his nominee by the end of February.
"I have made no decision except one; the person I will nominate will be someone with extraordinary qualifications, character, experience and integrity, and that person will be the first black woman ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court," he declared.
Three judges are considered top contenders.
They are 51-year-old Ketanji Brown Jackson, who is widely believed to be the top contender; 45-year-old Leondra Kruger, who is in her eighth year on the California Supreme Court; and 55-year-old Julianna Michelle Childs, who has served on the federal bench in South Carolina since 2010.