Ruby Bridges, Heroic Six Year Old, Integrated Deep South School

This movie about a six-year-old in 1960, in the early days of integration in the South, represents quite a number of young African American pioneers throughout the country, who, because of the courage of their parents, risked humiliation to integrate predominantly white schools. They encountered overt and aggressive white racism and generally responded with a “turn-the-other-cheek” Christian love.

Description of movie trailer on Youtube.com, from Disney Educational Productions: “Enrich civil rights lessons with the inspiring true story of one little girl whose strength and dignity during the racially charged 1960s helped change history! When bright six-year-old Ruby is chosen to be the first African-American student to integrate her local New Orleans elementary school, she is subjected to the true ugliness of racism for the very first time. But guided by the love of her mother and father, Ruby takes on a heroic struggle for a better education and becomes a symbol of courage and determination.”

More about Ruby Bridges.

Civil Rights Movement in Popular Culture.

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