Published on: Tuesday, June 8, 2021

A Black woman, for the first time, will become a chief federal judge in Mississippi. U.S. District Judge Debra M. Brown will become the chief judge of the state's northern judicial district during a ceremony Friday in Greenville (article available here).

Brown was also the first Black woman to become a district judge in Mississippi, following her appointment by then-President Barack Obama in 2013. She will be the first Black woman to serve as a chief judge in either of the state's two federal court districts.