Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor visited her hometown to sign copies of her new book on Saturday.
Sotomayor, the first Hispanic on the high court, was interviewed by NPR host Maria Ines Hinojosa at El Museo del Barrio about her autobiography, "My Beloved World."
The book covers the justice's childhood in public housing in the South Bronx and her life up until she was appointed a district court judge.
People who attended the event said they are inspired by Sotomayor's success.
"We are not afraid to show who we are, to show our culture," said Paola Martinez, who attended the event. "We dance if there's music. We eat a lot if there's plenty of food. But the image I would like to see more of about Latino women is our strength, and that's what Sonia Sotomayor was talking about."
Sotomayor graduated from Yale Law School and spent 17 years on the federal bench before President Barack Obama appointed her to the Supreme Court in 2009.
She administered the oath of office to Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday morning.