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Bold Women. Change History. Remembering RBG
All Coloradans are invited to come together to commemorate and celebrate justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during three days of activity outside the History Colorado Center, 1200 North Broadway. Ginsburg won her first landmark gender-discrimination case in Denver’s Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1972.
Activities start Sunday, September 27, when Denver artist Adri Norris begins a community-centered mural project on 12th Avenue between Broadway and Lincoln Street. Participants and passers-by can also see professional chalk artists creating homages to Ginsburg, and are invited to chalk their own personal tributes on the museum grounds. Participants are invited to help with the artwork from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday and Monday and from 8 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday.
The experience culminates with a public ceremony on Tuesday, September 29, at 11:30 a.m. The gathering includes remarks from community leaders, bell tolling from the Denver City and County Building, and poetry recitation.
The commemoration is supported by a grant from former Lt. Governor Donna Lynne, with additional support from Bonfils Stanton Foundation.
All participants are asked to wear masks and maintain six-foot social distancing at all times. Tuesday’s ceremony will also be streamed live on the History Colorado Facebook page.
Presenters at Tuesday’s commemoration event include Rabbi Rachel Kobrin, who will offer an opening prayer; Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, former law clerk for Justice Ginsburg; and Polly Baca, 2020 Governor’s Citizenship Medal Recipient, and the first woman of color elected to the Colorado State Senate. Additional presenters will also speak.
"Justice Ginsburg changed my life, teaching me about equal justice under the law and what outstanding legal work looks like—an important life-long lesson. For millions around the world, her memory will continue to be a blessing." — Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser
Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Denver
The first gender-discrimination suit that Ginsburg argued in court took place in Denver’s Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1972. Ginsburg won the case, Moritz v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue. As noted by Smithsonian Magazine in its 2018 feature, the Court set a landmark precedent when it ruled that discrimination on the basis of sex constitutes a violation of the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause.
This commemoration is supported by a grant from former Lt. Governor Donna Lynne