Courthouse walk set for Friday in honor of late justice

A “Walk Around the Courthouse” in honor of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will take place Friday, Oct. 2 at noon at the 46th District Court in Southfield.

“In many Jewish communities there is a custom that at the end of the Shiva period (the seven-day initial mourning following burial), mourners take a walk around the block to symbolically mark the end of an intensely inward time and a return to the world,” said a spokesperson for the National Council of Jewish Women, Michigan, which is sponsoring the event. “October 2, 2020 will mark this symbolic ritual shift in mourning for the first Jewish woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.

“To honor her memory and her legacy, National Council of Jewish Women, Michigan, will join with others to symbolically walk back into a world that demands a fair and impartial judiciary.”

The walk will serve to honor a “justice who worked tirelessly for women’s rights, reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ rights, voting rights, and for justice, freedom, and equality for all,” according to the spokesperson.

Similar walks will be held Friday around the U.S., coordinated by other NCJW sections.

Prior to the walk, several speakers will be featured, including Ken Silver, mayor of Southfield; Sue Simon of Courts Matter Michigan, a non-partisan coalition of organizations working for a qualified, fair, and independent federal judiciary; and Amy Cutler, president of NCJW/MI.

The public is invited to attend. Participants should gather in the plaza behind the 46th District Court, 26000 Evergreen Rd., Southfield.

For more information, go to www.ncjwmi.org.

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