First Black Clerk of Mississippi’s Highest Court

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Muriel B. Ellis, a 23-year veteran in the Mississippi clerk’s office, is tapped to succeed Clerk Kathy Gillis of the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Once Ellis takes the oath on July 1, she will officially be the first African-American to hold the position in the highest court of Mississippi.

“It will be an honor to serve as the clerk of the Supreme Court,” Ellis told Fox News 25.

Ellis, 54, was also the first African-American deputy clerk and chief deputy clerk of the Supreme Court. According to Fox, she joined the Supreme Court Clerk’s staff as a legal clerk in 1991.

Ellis heard of her appointment while at Disney World and remembers hearing her grandson say, “Dreams do come true,” to her daughter, Fox reports.

JET sends a big “congratulations” to Muriel Ellis!

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