Supreme Justice Sotomayor Inspires Pratt Audiences

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By Jessica Keyes

It was amazing to drive up and witness the line (in some cases 2 or 3 people deep) wrapped completely around the building. The Justice was warm, gracious, and personable. I'm looking forward to reading my (autographed) copy of her book.
—Vera Fattah, Manager, Reisterstown Road Branch

Last night, an audience of 900 people packed the Main Hall and Wheeler Auditorium at the Central Library to hear Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor read from her memoir, My Beloved World, and speak about her experiences. Enthusiastic visitors traveled from across the city and surrounding counties, forming a line that wound its way around the block, to see the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice in person and get a signed copy of her book.

Justice Sotomayor

Justice Sotomayor shared stories about her journey to becoming the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice, and third woman to ever serve on the Supreme Court. With a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, her memoir recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.

The first question of the evening came from an 11-year-old girl named Amanda O'Neil, "When you first became Supreme Court Justice, what went through your mind when you first walked into your new office?"

Listen to Justice Sotomayor's response here:

Last night's event offered the chance to share in the experiences of an incredible, inspiring woman. We will be publishing video excerpts and a full-length audio podcast in the near future. Please follow our YouTube channel and Podcast Page to get them as soon as they are live.

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