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President Joe Biden welcomed Black leaders to the White House Monday for a Black History Month celebration where he called on Congress to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, and pass voting rights bills.
Watch Biden’s remarks in the player above.
“Black History Month is more than a celebration. It’s a powerful, powerful reminder that Black history is American history,” Biden said. “Black culture is American culture. Black stories are essentially an ongoing story of America.”
About 150 people including members of the Congressional Black Caucus, state and local elected officials, The Rev. Al Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and other community leaders, were gathered in the East Room.
Biden hailed his nomination last week of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to become the first Black woman on the Supreme Court, pending Senate confirmation, saying she will be “an outstanding justice.”
WATCH: Biden selects Ketanji Brown Jackson for the U.S. Supreme Court
He also touted his administration’s progress in nominating “more Black women to the federal bench than any administration in the history of the United States.”
Biden called on Congress to pass the two stalled voting rights bills, insisting, “the American people agree with us.”
“I know progress can be slow and frustrating,” Biden said. “But I also know what’s possible if we work together, if we keep the faith, if we remember – changes and charges that are passed down to us.”
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