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Black History Month: Ruby Bridges

Ruby Bridges

Ruby Bridges

Ruby Nell Bridges Hall is an American civil rights activist. She was the first African-American child to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana during the New Orleans school desegregation crisis on November 14, 1960. (from Wikipedia). 

Ruby Bridges has a new picture book: See this interview below from the Library of Congress from September 2022.

Books in our SORA Collection

We have six books by or about Ruby Bridges in our Monroe One SORA account:

  • This is Your Time by Ruby Bridges
    Written as a letter from civil rights activist and icon Ruby Bridges to the reader, This is Your Time is both a recounting of Ruby's experience as a child who had to be escorted to class by federal marshals when she was chosen to be one of the first black students to integrate into New Orleans' all-white public school system and an appeal to generations to come to effect change.
  • Ruby Bridges Goes to School by Ruby Bridges
    The extraordinary true story of Ruby Bridges, the first Black child to integrate a New Orleans school - now with simple text for young readers!
  • She Persisted: Ruby Bridges by Kekla Magoon (audiobook)
  • She Persisted: Ruby Bridges by Kekla Magoon (ebook)
    In this chapter book biography by NAACP Image Award-winning author and Coretta Scott King Honor recipient Kekla Magoon, readers learn about the amazing life of Ruby Bridges-and how she persisted.
  • The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
    The year is 1960, and six-year-old Ruby Bridges and her family have recently moved from Mississippi to New Orleans in search of a better life. When a judge orders Ruby to attend first grade at William Frantz Elementary, an all-white school, Ruby must face angry mobs of parents who refuse to send their children to school with her.
  • Child of the Dream: A Memoir of 1963 by Sharon Robinson
    An incredible memoir from Sharon Robinson about one of the most important years of the civil rights movement.

Multimedia Resources

You can find this video in our SAFARI Montage catalog.