There is no denying the fact that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been heralded as a beloved liberal icon for quite some time, with multiple awards having been bestowed upon her, particularly in recent years.
Local ABC affiliate WPVI reported that Ginsburg is set to receive another high honor by being inducted into Philadelphia’s National Museum of American Jewish History, and she will reportedly be on hand to personally accept that award on Dec. 19.
Ginsburg to be honored
Induction into the museum’s “Only in America Gallery” is intended to recognize American Jews who have made significant contributions to society and who exemplify such ideals as “hard work and aspiration, courage and imagination, leadership and service,” among other things.
Ginsburg, the first Jewish woman to serve on the high court, has already been honored with a special exhibit known as “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” which will continue to be featured until January 12, 2020.
Dr. Misha Galperin, interim CEO of the museum, said, “We are thrilled and honored to induct Justice Ginsburg into Only in America, where she joins other extraordinary Jewish Americans who have made significant contributions to broader society, even beyond America, and we are humbled that she will join us at the Museum in person to accept this distinction.”
“While we have long featured Justice Ginsburg’s remarkable achievements through our core exhibition and even more so this year with Notorious RBG, we are proud to continue telling her exceptional story of persistence in this enduring way,” she added.
Guest speakers scheduled
The Jewish Exponent in Philadelphia reported that there will be several different guests and speakers at the honorary event for Ginsburg, including book co-authors and creators of the “Notorious RBG” exhibit, Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik.
“They both have personal stories to share about the justice,” Emily August, director of communications and public engagement at the museum, said of Carmon and Knizhnik. “But they also have a lot to say about this pop culture icon and how she became the Notorious RBG and how there’s actually something meaningful and substantive behind that. They’ll be talking about her both as this icon but also about her identity in a different kind of way.”
Another special guest is NPR’s Nina Totenberg, a personal friend of Ginsburg, who will serve as the emcee of the event and speak about both her close relationship with the jurist as well as her achievements.
“Each speaker has both a personal connection to the justice and can also speak to a piece of her legacy,” August said.
Philadelphia Magazine reported that the honorary event for Ginsburg at the museum on Dec. 19 has already sold out. However, it will reportedly be live-streamed on Facebook at no cost for anybody who cares to watch.
At 86 years old, Ginsburg has served on the high court since she was appointed in 1993 by President Bill Clinton. She has, unfortunately, suffered a string of health concerns over the past year, and speculation abounds that her tenure on the bench may soon be drawing to a close.