North Carolina swore the first black woman to hold the position of chief justice at the state Supreme Court on Thursday at a ceremony attended by more than 1,000 people.
Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, sworn in by Deputy Judge Paul Newby, is the second African-American to serve as Chief Justice of the highest court in the state.
Today is truly a day of hope, "said Beasley, according to The Fayetteville Observer. "It's a day of hope for justice – really for all of us."
"We hope to access the processes we have in our justice system and the practices of our justice system. And, most importantly, treat everyone – everyone – fairly, regardless of the issue they file in court, "Beasley said.
Newby, who presided over Thursday's protest at the Raleigh Courthouse, told viewers that it was important that the state's highest court reflect the diverse communities of North Carolina.
"As our state grows, it is important that our courts, including our Supreme Court, reflect the diversity and richness of the experiences of those living in our great state," he said.
According to the Associated Press, former Chief Justice Henry Frye, the first African-American Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the State, also attended the ceremony. He currently practices in a company in Greensboro.
Beasley, who was appointed to the Supreme Court by former governor Beverly Perdue (D) in 2012, was named as the next highest court president last month by the current governor of the state. Roy Cooper (D).
"I know Judge Beasley is right and deeply committed to all North Carolinians," Cooper said at the time. "I appreciate his willingness to serve our state in this role."