Saturday, December 22, 2007

Ruby Bridges

My husband is the South Carolina state coordinator for National History Day. Many students choose to write a paper, make a board, develop a power-point, enact a drama,etc., on various topics relating to history in order to take part in a nation-wide competition.

That's how I became familiar with Ruby Bridges story. She was a child who helped lead the civil-rights era..."A little child shall lead them..." Her story is one of fantastic courage and forgiveness of the adults who would have rather seen her dead than integrating an elementary school in the 1950's.

Who will speak to this ignorant generation for those who are born with different wiring? When will we stop making school (and life) torture for them and begin to accept that we all "still see the same stars", as Donna Williams sings?

Thanks, abfh!


Marla said...

Interesting story. Thanks for sharing it!

abfh said...

Was the second picture drawn by one of the students in the competition? He or she is a very good artist!

r.b. said...

No, it came from a published book I had bought for my students just recently. But one of the kids did a board (what amounts to a museum display) that showed little footprints going up the steps of the school that was very powerful.

The icon of a lone little girl changing the world with her courage has always stayed with me.

In our case, too, we must somehow expose the shared humanity of ourselves and our kids that leaves no doubt of the evil of those who would deny that humanity, and try to make monsters of our children.

The world won't change until we make it change.

Casdok said...

Your so right.

Thomas Jackson said...

While doing research on Terri Dickerson, Director of Civil Rights who lists integrating private schools in Baltimore in 1962 on bio, we came across a Real Hero of Integration; Ruby Bridges. Ruby did what Ms. Dickerson purported to have done as a courageous act, two years before Dickerson's biographical act. That's not the reason for this comment; the reason is our children need to learn about Ruby Bridges, and what she did for our nation as a six year old.

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