Gloria Browne-Marshall: First Black Woman to get media credentials for Supreme Court

Making history law Professor Gloria Browne-Marshall of, What’s the 411 Networks, is the first black women to get media credentials to cover the U.S. Supreme Court.  What’s the 411 Networks, a digital news/media company, was founded by Ruth Morrison in 1993 and is also the first black owned media company to get credentialed to cover the country’s highest court.

Professor Browne-Marshall has already sat in on oral arguments during this term.  Those cases include Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum and Mohamad v. Palestinian Authority last month which involved issues of corporate immunity and torture.  Asked about her historic assignment, Browne-Marshall said, “My mission is to report on the U.S. Supreme Court in a manner that is accessible to the general public and of assistance to scholars at large. I applaud What’s The 411 Networks for its willingness to cover the actions of the U.S. Supreme Court, as not enough attention is paid to the Third branch of government. The general population knows the least about the workings of the U.S. Supreme Court; yet its rulings become the law of the land.”

Am I the only one totally shocked that before 2012 no black female journalist had ever been credentialed to cover SCOTUS?!  Maybe I should find out what the process is so they can have a black feminist in there too?

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3 Comments

  1. Posted March 10, 2012 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    Maybe I’m just getting cynical, but I’m not surprised the least bit that she is the first.

  2. Posted March 15, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Oooooh, Feministing Five interview possibly? I just looked her up and emailed her! **Crosses fingers**

  3. Posted March 19, 2012 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    Thank you for this. I am new to this blog, my first post actually, and appreciate knowing I can be enlightened about women like Gloria Browne-Marshall-Browne and I can share this with other women. I am not surprised she is a first. This is significant and with our support we can empower her.

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