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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