Today we honor the life and mourn the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose lifetime of work have expanded the meaning of equality for all of us.
Today, my art is inspired by the outpouring of respect for this most remarkable person, particularly her understanding of a central problem in our society: unconscious bias:
If you notice her blazer in that recording — a lovely flowered design on a light background. That is the inspiration of my “HOPE” art today — each letter of the word designed in flowers, like her blazer. In this version, I have embossed the letters to raise them up a bit. I’m still working on getting it right, as we must do to set the world right, on the path to “liberty and justice for all.”
She was influenced by her mother who died just before her high school graduation where she was valedictorian. Her mother told her, “Be a lady, and be independent.” Be a lady meant to not give in to that which zaps at your emotions– “take a deep breath and speak calmly.” Listen here:
You can listen to her also in this recording of her 2017 appearance at Georgetown University.
And, as models of the type of discourse and collaboration expected of leaders, listen to the conversation on the First Amendment and Freedom between the two justices of opposite beliefs — Scalia and Ginsburg — who also were best of friends.
Have you listened to the musical created about her life? Check it out here: Notorious RBG in Song.
And check out the Tumblr of the Notorious RBG:
“The arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice, if there is a steadfast commitment to see the task through to completion.” ~Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
We are that commitment, and there is hope. We will not despair. We just have work to do, and having work to do, knowing we have work to do, brings hope.
Geeky Gramma ~~
Retired Middle School Language Arts Teacher ~~
Writer and Thinker