Statement on the Death of RBG


We are devastated by the news of the death of beloved Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.  Scarritt Bennett Center sends our heartfelt condolences to her family and all who mourn her death.

We acknowledge the tension in this loss of leadership for our country. It’s a tragedy that we can’t just mourn for the loss of a human life without also fearing for consequences to those who seek justice. With the passing of Justice Ginsberg so much progress is now in jeopardy. Women’s rights, civil rights for POC, and LGBTQIA rights are represented in our values and mission as an institution. Ruth Bader Ginsberg embodied true justice through her Jewish faith and passion for people, and we name this loss, too, on the Supreme Court.

We are grateful for Justice Ginsberg’s dedication to justice and her exemplary life.  Because of her work we are clear on what a life dedicated to justice looks like.  It is one reason why we continue to stand firm in our convictions to our Racial Justice Ministry at SBC.

As we honor Justice Ginsburg’s life and absorb this loss, we acknowledge our tremendous responsibility as an organization to raise our voice to speak up against injustice. We reaffirm our commitment to civic engagement and to work, both locally and nationally, to educate people about voter registration and voting, not just in presidential elections but in every election. That is why we have dedicated the entire month of October to host public livestream conversations on civic engagement every Sunday. We value our civic responsibility to be registered voters.  We value this country’s electoral process and seek to encourage active citizenship. We also seek to connect and collaborate with other organizations and leaders who are committed to civic engagement.

Let us mourn Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s death. Let us celebrate her life. Let us honor her legacy by continuing our work with her same passion for justice.