ST. LOUIS – Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg not only left a legacy in the U.S. Supreme Court, but she also left her mark at Washington University in St. Louis.
Ginsburg made two visits to the university, one in 1979 before she was appointed to the high court and another in 2001.
She was known as a fighter for social justice and a trailblazer for women’s rights.
According to Washington University, Ginsburg helped the conversations of quality around the campus during her visits. She met with students, staff and spent time lecturing to classes and the public.
Multiple lawmakers have released statements to honor Ginsburg’s legacy.
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker said:
“America has lost an icon and inspiration. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was first a trailblazer and then a bulwark for equality, whether you are a woman, gay, a person of color or disabled. Just as importantly, she was a shining role model for girls everywhere – a testament to working hard and fighting for what’s right. Her legacy will endure, but only if we fight as hard as she did to protect it.”
U. S. Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois also reacted to Ginsburg’s death Friday.
“There are no words to adequately express just how devastated and heartbroken I am to learn of the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Not only did our nation lose a brilliant jurist, we lost a hero—a 5‘1” giant who gave a voice to girls and women everywhere and moved the needle forward in our long fight toward justice and equality for all.”
University City native Gabe Fleisher moved to Washington D.C. a few weeks ago to start attending Georgetown University. After hearing about Ginsburg’s death, he sprang into action to cover it for his 50,000 subscribers for his daily political newsletter, Wake Up to Politics.
“I was at a Rosh Hashanah dinner with some family friends when I first heard the news and saw the news alerts on my phone and I just recently moved to D.C., and immediately I assumed that a lot of people would be gathering at the Supreme Court building, so I raced over, took an Uber to the Supreme Court building and just wanted to be able to cover as much as possible.”
He said mourners broke out into chants sporadically, but for the most part, those in attendance of the impromptu vigil remained quiet and honored RBG’s legacy.
“At one point a big chant of ‘Love trumps hate,’ at one point people broke into chants of ‘RBG’, there was “Amazing Grace” was sung, at a certain point there was the Kaddish that was song, which is the Jewish Mourner’s Prayer,” he said. “Every once in a while people would break into song a little bit, or chants, but for the most part, people were just kind of sitting, there was a lot of tears, people just kind of sitting in reflection and mourning.”
Fleisher said when he arrived there were hundreds of mourners spilled out onto the steps of the Supreme Court building, holding candles in remembrance. He said nearly everyone in attendance was wearing a mask and keeping their distance as well but many people told him that they felt the need to come together in a time like this.
“There were a few people that commented and said they had been isolating for months and months but people told me when they saw the news they felt they needed to be mourning collectively.”