At the tender age of six, Ruby Bridges advanced the cause of civil rights in November 1960 when she became the first African American student to integrate an elementary school in the South.
Bridges and her mother were escorted to school by four federal marshals during the first day that Bridges attended William Frantz Elementary. In the following days of that year, federal marshals continued to escort Bridges.
Bridges' father was initially reluctant, but her mother felt strongly that the move was needed not only to give her own daughter a better education, but to “take this step forward … for all African-American children.”
She is now chair of the Ruby Bridges Foundation, which she formed in 1999 to promote “the values of tolerance, respect, and appreciation of all differences”. Describing the mission of the group, she says, “racism is a grown-up disease and we must stop using our children to spread it.”
Movies About Ruby Bridges
When six-year-old Ruby is chosen to be the first African-American to integrate into her local elementary school, she is subjected to the true ugliness of racism for the first time. | Stream on Disney+
Here is a two-page study about Ruby Bridges:
About Ruby Bridges Printable:
Ruby Bridges helped to desegregate schools in the south during the Civil Rights Movement. What did you think of Ruby Bridges?
Make your own timeline about her life and her story of bravery! This is a 2 printable page activity to use as a reference for a social studies project or to make a timeline of someone's life. You can make a timeline of Ruby's story by printing this Ruby Bridges printable.
Is the movie Ruby Bridges on Netflix?
Is the movie Ruby Bridges true?
Ruby Bridges is based on the true tale of a 6-year-old Black child who was chosen by the NAACP to attend an all-White school in New Orleans in 1960 owing to her good test results.
Is Ruby Bridges movie on Amazon Prime?
Yes, you can rent or buy Ruby Bridges on Amazon:
To continue learning, check out the Ruby Bridges Movie Study.
Is Ruby Bridges a movie for kids?
It's a strong PG-13 picture, but it's absolutely not suitable for anyone under the age of 10 or 11 due to the very disturbing nature of the racial harassment this little girl faces. Check out this Ruby Bridges Movie Review by Common Sense Media.
Books about Ruby Bridges:
- INFINITE PHOTOGRAPHS Photo: Ruby Bridges | Portrait | 1960 | Historic Photo Reproduction | Historic Wall Art | Gift Idea
- The Story of Ruby Bridges
- Ruby Bridges Goes to School: My True Story (Scholastic Reader, Level 2)
- This Is Your Time
- The Story of Ruby Bridges: A Biography Book for New Readers (The Story Of: A Biography Series for New Readers)
- Through My Eyes
- Ruby, Head High: Ruby Bridge's First Day of School
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