East Lansing Welcomes Justice Sonia Sotomayor for One Book One Community

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Thursday, August 23, 2018, 5:01 pm
Casandra Eriksen

This year’s One Book One Community selection is Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s memoir “My Beloved World.” Sotomayor will be in East Lansing this week. Her first public activity, “An Evening with Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court of the United Stateswill take place Sunday, August 26, at East Lansing High School, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and Justice Sotomayor will answer pre-submitted questions.

Justice Sotomayor will also be present at the MSU Academic Welcome at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center, 534 Birch Road, on Monday Aug. 27 at 9 a.m. This event is also free and open to all community members. If you have a question for her, you can submit it ahead of time online.

In her memoir, Sotomayor describes her journey from the Bronx to the Supreme court, candidly talking about the many challenges she faced - juvenile diabetes, poverty, and a at times difficult family life. She describes some of her parents’ fights, and times when her father would drink too much.

In the preface of her book she says that “Most essentially, my purpose in writing is to make my hopeful example accessible. People who live in difficult circumstances need to know that happy endings are possible.”

Three East Lansing residents expressed enthusiasm for Sotomayor’s visit, and shared their thoughts with ELi.

Asked if she would be attending the event East Lansing resident Tara Morse said “Yeah I’m going to try to go. I would say I’m excited for her to be here because I am interested to see what a Supreme Court Justice thinks of our mangled democracy right now, and they don’t get out and speak much.”

Rosemary H. Buhl agreed, saying that “Having United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor visit East Lansing is a wonderful opportunity for our community, and that “her life story is one of challenges, and perseverance. Hers is true American success story, and East Lansing is fortunate to have Justice Sotomayor share it with us personally.”

Becky Roberts is grateful not only for the opportunity to see Sotomayor, but for the OBOC program in general. “Over the years,” she says, the One Book One Community events have been fantastic. One of my favorites was seeing Jeannette Walls, author of The Glass Castle. This year’s guest Justice Sonia Sotomayor is especially timely. I am looking forward to hearing her voice of reason in these troubling and uncertain times.”

Sotomayor was named valedictorian of her high school and graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1976 and Yale Law School in 1979. In May 2009, President Barack Obama nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court; she assumed this role beginning August 8, 2009.


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