With RBG at the Library of Congress: Video

Back in March, I had the opportunity to appear at the Library of Congress Young Readers Center with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. We spoke before a small audience of D.C. school children, their teachers, and a few others. Thrill #1: Meeting and being introduced by Carla Hayden, the first woman and first African American to hold the office of Librarian of Congress. Thrill #2: Reading a few pages from my book I Dissent under the watchful and twinkling eye of the lady it’s all about, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Thrill #3: Interviewing RBG before this very appreciative audience!

The Library of Congress recently posted its video of the event, and I post it here. Of course, I have to avert my eyes, and kind of only half-listen, when I click “play” on the video. (Surely I’m not the only person who is squeamish about seeing herself on tape.) Setting that aside, here are my favorite parts, identified by Minutes:Seconds so you can scroll right to them. There’s much laughter throughout–

11:17 (RBG explaining how the Supreme Court works), 13:58 (talking about her parents and life in her Brooklyn neighborhood), 15:11 (home ec class and singing), 18:15 (attending college at Cornell). Kids’ questions start at 33:48, and the first one was: “Were you involved in the Women’s March?” I love her answer; she pauses midway through, but you’ll  want to listen all the way to 35:00.

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2 Responses to With RBG at the Library of Congress: Video

  1. Amazing interview. Amazing story. I am so glad there are authors like you telling these incredible stories of women who have changed the face of history with their inner strength, moral character, and intelligence. Love having books like these to inspire my two girls as well as my students.

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