Statement on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Saturday, September 19, 2020

Statement on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

"Today, we mourn the loss but celebrate the life of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg was a relentless defender of justice, fighting from both sides of the bench to ensure a more just nation, striking out against inequity and discrimination. She understood that discrimination, whether based on race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, has no place in our nation and is indefensible based on the Constitution and the principles in which our democracy is grounded.

She understood, as we do at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, that a nation built on justice and liberty for all can only ring true if that justice extends to everyone. In protecting women’s and LGBTQ+ rights, Justice Ginsburg protected human rights. We must honor her legacy of equity by lifting up the voices of women and the LGBTQ+ community in our nation and across the globe, defending their rights as vigorously as we do those of every other person as we work daily, as Justice Ginsburg did, for the cause of inclusive freedom."

Woodrow Keown, Jr.

President & COO
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

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About the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center opened in August 2004 on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Since then, more than 1.3 million people have visited its permanent and changing exhibits and public programs, inspiring everyone to take courageous steps for freedom. Two million people have utilized educational resources online at freedomcenter.org, working to connect the lessons of the Underground Railroad to inform and inspire today’s global and local fight for freedom. Partnerships include Historians Against Slavery, Polaris Project, Free the Slaves, US Department of State and International Justice Mission. In 2014, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center launched a new online resource in the fight against modern slavery, endslaverynow.org
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