Meet Shequeena McKenzie, a 28-year-old McComb, Mississippi, judge who is the first Black woman to hold that position.
It was a strange moment because, as McKenzie told WJTV, “I work hard and have trust. The next thing you know, you start reaping the rewards of the things you have put money into.
It was definitely a full-circle moment for me.” McKenzie, who grew up in McComb, has always wanted to become a lawyer to be the change
She enrolled at the University of Southern Mississippi to study Political Science with a Human Rights Minor.
She then moved to Jackson and went to Mississippi College School of Law where she received her law degree and graduated Cum Laude. At that time, she also practiced law part-time.
“I went to law because I did not want to talk about what wasn’t being done,” said McKenzie, “I did not want to sit there and dwell on the negativity.
I asked myself what I could do to help out the world.”
As the first female and first Black vice president of the United States, Vice President Kamala Harris also created history, McKenzie claimed that she was an inspiration to her.
She also wants to inspire other young women.
Do not let that hinder your abilities, McKenzie advised. “There will be occasions when you go into the room and no one else looks like you.
You have a place in there. You have a right to be there. You have to develop this mindset. When you adopt that attitude, do not let anyone hold you back.