[Ed. – Wise Latina finds an audience for her ideas.]
As Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke at the Brooklyn Public Library about her life and the story behind her two new children’s books, she told the audience of about 500 people about an instance when a man had questioned her choice of footwear.
“‘Supreme Court justices don’t wear high heels,’” she recalled him saying. “And I looked at him and I said, ‘Latina Supreme Court justices’” wear heels, she said, her last few words drowned out as the crowd erupted in laughter.
The event, held on Friday in the library’s Grand Lobby and moderated by the actress Sonia Manzano, was part of her tour for two children’s books based on her 2013 memoir, “My Beloved World,” and was hosted by the library and a local children’s bookstore, Stories Bookshop & Storytelling Lab.
Justice Sotomayor, 64, published one book geared toward middle-school-aged children, “The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor,” as well as an illustrated version for younger children that comes in English and Spanish and is titled “Turning Pages” or “Pasando Páginas.” The high heels in question are seen on the cover of the illustrated version, which shows the justice walking up the steps of the Supreme Court.