Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Ruby Bridges…

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Recently I read an article (below) which described Ruby Bridges’s experiences with racism. In the 60’s she was the first black student enrolled in an all-white school. As a result, all the parents of her classmates pulled their kids out of her first grade class, making Ruby the only student. Later in the year some of the parent re-enrolled their children.

Today Ruby goes around the country and speaks to schools and also went back to her elementary school and volunteered. She even started her own foundation for the school and after Hurricane Katrina, she’s been working to re-open the doors. I think this is a great story and Ruby is a true inspiration. It’s great when you see someone overcome adversity and oppression and return it with positivity.


Written by justinjayjones

October 5, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Wow that is a amazing story. I can’t believe all those parents would do something like that especially considering that Ruby was the ONLY black person in the class and by extension the school. It’s not like she degraded the school by attending. I think many of us would be scarred for life if we found out all the other kids in our class withdrew due to our skin color. Just really goes to show how ignorant racism can be I guess. It is inspiring, however, to see how a person could take a negative experience and refine it to positive results.


    October 5, 2009 at 8:06 pm

  2. I find Ruby very inspiring person. She can truely influence lot of people.


    October 5, 2009 at 8:07 pm

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