HISTORY + CIVIL RIGHTS
A Day In the Life Of Ruby Bridges
January 18, 2013
Ruby Bridges was the first black student to attend an all-white school in the South. Her move to integrate William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans on Nov. 14, 1960, was commemorated in Norman Rockwell's painting The Problem We All Live With. The painting shows a 6-year-old Ruby walking to school with U.S. Deputy Marshals as her escorts. This is a skit appropriate for school-age children.
In 1963 the world turned its attention to Birmingham, Alabama as peaceful civil rights demonstrators faced police dogs and fire hoses in a battle for freedom and equality. Later that year four girls died in the bombing of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. "It was the year of Birmingham," Martin Luther King, Jr. said at the time. Today, Birmingham is now recognized around the world as a symbol of both racial intolerance and racial reconciliation. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Birmingham's civil rights struggle, the Birmingham Public Library is sponsoring the Year of Birmingham, a 12-month series of lectures, documentary films, performances and panel discussions.