The Story of Ruby Bridges (1995)

This short book is about Ruby Bridges, a 6-year-old girl who was the first African-American to attend (and in so doing de-segregate) the William Frantz elementary school in New Orleans. This book is a very simplified version of the child’s over 1-year experience walking to school each day through racist mobs and studying alone in the school. Escorted by federal marshals, she arrived safely to school and excelled academically. The book talks a lot about God’s spirit, and how Ruby and her parents prayed for strength and protection for themselves and for forgiveness for the mobs. The book does not reference the year (1960) or any of the other context of the civil rights era. It is appropriate for ages 5+

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