Ruby Bridges: Brave and Influential
What Ruby Learned
She learned to walk tall
Not to look back or complain
She wanted to learn.
She learned to be strong
Never did they see her cry.
Ruby prayed for them.
She learned tolerance
She learned patience and time
Changed history and hearts.
To support and to protect
The voice of color,
Ruby Bridges- a Child Subjected To Racism
Recently, this writer viewed the movie called Ruby Bridges. This movie is a true story about a little girl who lived in New Orleans in 1960 who became eligible for a new program that allowed African American children to go to schools that were prodominantly caucasion. Ruby Bridges was the very first child to take that big step, a big step into history.
Ruby's parents were very courageous and cooperative in allowing their six year old to do this. There was a lot of opposition, called predjudice going on at the time. The little girl had to be escorted every day into the school by United States Federal Marshals for her safety. They said to Ruby, "What ever you do, don't look behind you, just keep walking."
The angry protesters would stand outside the school everyday shouting at the child and her parents. This caused the child so much stress, she stopped eating. A psychologist, who had been watching in the background what was going on with her, decided to persuade the parents to let him sit with her, and help her sort out her anxiety and fears.
Ruby faced rejection from her own siblings and from her African American friends, and her father lost his job, and Ruby's mother could not even shop in her usual food market. But Ruby kept on going to school despite all the opposition.
One day, Ruby found out that the children who first were refusing to go to school were already there. It was up to the other teachers to encourage the children to come back to the classroom and learn how to integrate, not based on what their parents had taught them, but what they discovered in their hearts. Then Ruby was not in danger of her fears anymore, and she started praying on the steps of the school for those who continued to protest. Her quiet little actions became an influence on the most discrimination that occurred, just because she wanted to go to school.
Ruby Bridges Today
Ruby Bridges grew up with the motivation to represent all people who suffered indifference. She continued to stay in New Orleans, Louisiana and lived a normal life, getting married and having a family of her own. In 1995, Mrs. Ruby Bridges Hall started the Ruby Bridges Foundation, with the goal " to promote the values of tolerance, respect and the appreciation of all differences" (as stated in Wikipedia.com/ Ruby Bridges.) She has also been recently recognised by President Barack Obama who has hung in the White House a painting depicting her experience. She was also recognised by President Bill Clinton, in 2001, who awarded her the Presidential Citizens Medal.(source of this information, Wikipedia.com).
An Example For The Whole Universe
Ruby Bridges was just one child who was given the opportunity to start a new life being in a society with mixed races. There have always been the difference of opinion in each decade of life about the relationships with people from other races. But learning to live side by side with those who have different skin color or national origin is the best lesson we can teach our children. Behavior does begin at home. And then the educators have to reinforce the positive. If a teacher demonstrates the wrong behaviors, the children in their classrooms may adopt what message the teachers are trying to convey.
A Powerful Movie
This writer was quite impressed with the . It is truly an educational movie for all ages. It is recommended for the whole family to watch with discussion afterward. Even during the events of our current time in which race is an issue, this movie has a positive message, which lets us know that all people can make it possible to live and work together to make a better world. movie, Ruby Bridges