Justice Sonia Sotomayor Gives Advice to Gloria Estefan's Daughter Emily About the Next Generation

Virginia Chamlee
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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has some words of wisdom for the younger generation: Enacting change means getting out in your community and doing something rather than just thinking about it.

That's what Sotomayor, 66, tells Gloria Estefan's daughter, Emily Estefan, in the latest episode of Red Table Talk: The Estefans, airing this Wednesday on Facebook Watch.

"What's your advice for the younger generation to help contribute to this system and understand it more?" co-host Emily asks Sotomayor in the interview, exclusively previewed above.

"Emily, you have no choice — your vision won't happen simply because you desire it. Your vision only happens with hard work and commitment to doing the right thing," Sotomayor says.

"I speak to kids all the time and I tell them that the most important role in their life is being not a citizen with a capital C,' a citizen of a country, ut being a citizen with a small 'c' — a citizen of your community," the judge continues. "That's the most important role you can play in your life."

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A new addition to the Red Table Talk franchise, Red Table Talk: The Estefans premiered earlier this year featuring music icon and Grammy winner Gloria, her daughter and rising musician Emily and her niece and Daytime Emmy Award-winning model and host Lili Estefan. As with the original Red Table Talk's Smith family, the three generations of women come together for candid conversations with celebrity and other special guests covering mental health, sexuality, criminal justice and more.

Sotomayor's appearance on the Estefans' Red Table Talk is in keeping with what the series describes as a focus on Hispanic voices, including Michelle Rodriguez, Karla Souza and the family of slain soldier Vanessa Guillén.

In a November interview with NPR, Gloria said that while most topics would be discussed freely on the show, politics would be largely absent.

"My family's more important than whoever may be in the White House for these four years or the next four years or whoever ... you know, some things are best left unsaid, that's for sure," Gloria said.

Instead, the family's conversation with Sotomayor will focus on her life story — from a childhood in a housing project to a history-making Supreme Court appointment — and her view of the world.

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Nominated by President Barack Obama to replace retiring Associate Justice David Souter in 2009, Sotomayor became the first Hispanic person to sit on the court and only the third female justice.

A New York City native, Sotomayor was first drawn to law as a girl, when she would watch episodes of Perry Mason, according to The New York Times. She went on to attend Princeton University on a scholarship, earning a degree in 1976, before continuing on at Yale Law School, where she was editor of the Yale Law Journal.

In 2013, Sotomayor published a poignant memoir, My Beloved World, in which she described her youth, which included a diabetes diagnosis at age 7, and her father’s death not long thereafter.

The judge, who has no children and is divorced, later wrote a middle-school version of that memoir, titled The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor, and a children’s book, Turning Pages: My Life Story.

Red Table Talk: The Estefans will air Wednesday (12 p.m. ET) on Facebook Watch.