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Civil Rights Activist Ruby Bridges Is The Author Of A New Children’s Book

Ruby Bridges at a museum before artwork of her as a child

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Ruby Bridges’ new book, “I Am Ruby Bridges,” highlights her life as a civil rights activist. On November 14, 1960, six-year-old Ruby Bridges desegregated an all-white elementary school, William Frantz Elementary School, in New Orleans by being the school’s first Black student. She wrote the book from the viewpoint of her 6-year-old-self experiencing integration. Her story includes harsh realities like having to be escorted to class by Federal Marshals and being harassed by people as she entered school. The book comes complete with New York Times worthy storytelling, illustration, and a glossary to help readers learn keywords written within Bridges’ story. 

If you want to learn more about the book, read Mrs. Bridges Hall’s NPR interview here.

Image of six year old Ruby Bridges next to the cover of her new children’s book

Check out other works written by Ruby Bridges below.

Ruby Bridges Goes to School: My True Story

Through My Eyes


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