Ruby Bridges

Film. Directed by Euzhan Palcy. 1998. 96 minutes.
The true story of Ruby Bridges, the six-year-old girl who helped to integrate the all-white schools in New Orleans.
Time Periods: 1961, 20th Century
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Education, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity

rubybridgesThe true story of Ruby Bridges, an African-American girl who, in 1960 at age 6, helped to integrate the all-white schools of New Orleans.

She was the only African American girl to come to the school she was sent to, and since all the white mothers pulled their children out of class, she was the only person in her entire class. She faced a crowd of angry and violent white citizens as she entered school every day with courage and persistence. Encouraged by her teacher, a white woman from the North named Barbara Henry, and her mother, Lucille, and with her own quiet strength, she eventually broke down a century-old barrier, a pivotal moment in the civil-rights movement. [Publishers’ description.]

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