Alexandria, VA – Alexandrians paid their respects to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Market Square Thursday evening, in a candlelight vigil organized by Kelly Grant of ALX Community, Gina White of The Mindful Junkie, Beth Lawton of Alexandria Living Magazine, and Alexandria City Councilwoman Amy Jackson.
Battery votives were free to attendees, who filled Market Square. Kelly Grant led things off with a special tribute to Ginsburg, reminding everyone that “we all have a little bit of Ruth in us.”
Gina White led some breathing exercises in mindfulness before calling for a moment of silence to honor RBG.
Councilwoman Amy Jackson, Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Porter and Virginia Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy spoke eloquently about the impact of Ginsburg both personally and professionally.
The crowd then processed in silence down King Street to Waterfront Park, where Corey Tisdale, Mayor Justin Wilson and Colleen Haddow Gehrig addressed the crowd, citing Ginsburg’s legacy.
It’s amazing how one diminutive woman, albeit a force of nature, could affect so many, and so deeply. Wrapping up, one member of the audience stood up to speak, emboldened by her father’s advice to not cry over the death of RBG, but to “pick up the torch and go!”
If you couldn’t get to the vigil, visit the Zebra’s Facebook page for some videos that were livestreamed from the event.