‘You have to have hope:’ Sotomayor brings messages for children to Free Library

The Supreme Court justice avoided saying anything about current events, but she offered motivation to the young crowd.

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

When U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was growing up in a Bronx housing project, her mother called her an aji — a kind of hot pepper — because she would never sit still.

It’s still true: Her conversation on Wednesday evening at the Free Library of Philadelphia with 6ABC news anchor Tamala Edwards turned into a walking interview as she strolled the aisles of the library’s auditorium shaking hands, paying particular attention to those extended by children in the audience.

At one point, a man on the other side of a handshake asked whether she would bring the current presidency to a “swift and peaceful conclusion.”

Sotomayor moved on without response.

She also did not address the tumultuous hearings now happening in Washington over whether Brett Kavanaugh should be confirmed as a fellow Supreme Court justice.

Instead, Sotomayor stuck to her new book — actually, two new books, both of them versions of My Beloved World, her previously published autobiography. One of them, The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor, is for middle-grade readers, and Turning Pages: My Life Story is a picture book.

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