Being named the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice in the history of the United States isn’t the only honor that Justice Sonia Sotomayor has received — and it certainly won’t be the last.
According to the Huffington Post, Sotomayor will be honored with the Leadership Award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation at their 29th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards this fall. The ceremony, set for September 22, 2016, will take place at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., says the Huffington Post.
The Awards were “established in 1987 by the White House to commemorate the creation of Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S.,” according to the Huffington Post, and they “recognize the contributions and accomplishments of Latino leaders in various fields.” Sotomayor’s award follows recent honorees like director Robert Rodriguez and musician Arturo Sandoval, reports the Huffington Post.
President and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation Jose Antonio Tijerino explained the Foundation’s decision to honor Sotomayor in a statement released on Monday, July 18, according to the Huffington Post, saying:
“The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is extremely proud to be able to honor Justice Sotomayor with our Leadership Award … The Justice truly embodies what it means to be an American. The Hispanic community has made significant contributions throughout history, and we are proud to recognize that impact in the present and the future as well.”
After her ascent to the position in 2009, the Huffington Post says Sotomayor has had a hand in delivering rulings on important cases in United States history, including the same-sex marriage act and the Affordable Care Act.
While the news of Sotomayor’s award was recently announced, the rest of 2016’s honorees will be made known as September approaches.
Congratulations, Justice Sotomayor!