LBJ Foundation Photo/Jay Godwin

LBJ Foundation Photo/Jay Godwin

The Johnson Family and LBJ Foundation Remember Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Sep 18, 2020

The Johnson family and the LBJ Foundation mourn the death of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court of the United States who passed away on September, 18, 2020.

Justice Ginsburg was a lifelong advocate for human rights and gender equality and dedicated her life to dismantling discrimination and preserving the rule of law.

Earlier this year, on January 30, the LBJ Foundation presented its highest honor, the LBJ Liberty & Justice for All Award, to Justice Ginsburg in a program at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. In honoring Justice Ginsburg, Larry Temple, chairman of the LBJ Foundation, said, “Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been aptly described as the Thurgood Marshall of gender equality law, and her contributions to American jurisprudence cannot be overstated. She is a fiery champion of justice, providing good reason why she is so widely regarded as a cultural icon and inspiration to millions."

Statement from Luci Baines Johnson:

“There is a hole in my heart with Justice Ginsburg’s passing. And my heart goes out to her remarkable children and grandchildren and all who loved her.

We all need someone to believe in and Ruth Bader Ginsburg was that someone for countless women and the men who loved them. She surely was that someone for me and all my family. She came in a small physical package, but she was a big presence for doing the right thing and for inspiring all the rest of us to follow.

Justice Ginsburg was a relentless champion for social justice. One of the pinnacle moments in my life was joining my sister and all the members of the LBJ Foundation in giving Justice Ginsburg our highest award, the “LBJ Liberty and Justice for All Award. “

Justice Ginsburg brought out the best in the American people. She showed us how to love those we disagreed with and how to stand firm for what we believe in. She was our greatest defender for liberty and justice and our greatest inspiration. We will miss her always, but she will walk among us whenever social justice reigns.”

Statement from Lynda Johnson Robb:

"I am so low of spirit to hear of Justice Ginsburg’s passing. She was a great public servant and champion for good. We mourn today, but tomorrow we must reach for the best in ourselves and try to live up to her example.”

Lynda Johnson Robb, Luci Baines Johnson, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg

 U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, right, receives the LBJ Liberty & Justice for All Award from Lynda Johnson Robb, left, and Luci Baines Johnson. LBJ Foundation photo by Jay Godwin.

In a discussion following the award presentation, LBJ Foundation President and CEO Mark K. Updegrove moderated a discussion with Justice Ginsburg. He asked about her long and distinguished career.

While Justice Ginsburg and her colleagues on the high court may argue about case law, she said they maintain civility and respect for each member’s arguments and opinions, a practice she hoped the country would emulate.

To view the entire program with Justice Ginsburg:

For more on the trailblazing career of Justice Ginsburg and the LBJ Liberty & Justice for All Award: