Candlelight vigil in Summit honors the legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

A candlelight vigil Monday in Summit paid tribute to the legacy left behind by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

News 12 Staff

Sep 22, 2020, 3:00 PM

Updated 1,301 days ago

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Candlelight vigil in Summit honors the legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
A candlelight vigil Monday in Summit paid tribute to the legacy left behind by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Dozens gathered at the Summit Village Green to remember her powerful message of not only women's rights, but equal rights. It's a message that will carry on for generations.
"If it weren't for women like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, I wouldn't have gone to law school and my daughter feels that she can do whatever she wants and that's great," says Summit Mayor Nora Radest.
Political, religious and judicial leaders made remarks on how Ginsburg will be remembered.
"She was focused in getting through college and raising her family and in passing laws that mattered to all the people," says Denise Wilkerson, Roselle councilwoman and now Union County president. "I'll speak now on behalf of the legal profession. I think we lost one of our icons, one of our leaders but we take great solace in her legacy obviously and hope that her memory will always be a source of sustenance to us and to us all."
Other speakers included Ronald Chen, special counsel with the ACLU and former dean of Rutgers Law School in Newark. Lead organizer of the vigil, Lacey Cotter Rzeszowski, says her mourning turned into action.
"So, then I moved to what can we do next," says Rzeszowski. "How can we honor her and how can we be proactive?"
One message that was made loud and clear amongst the crowd was go out and vote.


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