Ruby Bridges

Feb. 2, 2017 |

The American Studies Institute concluded its Distinguished Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. in Benson Auditorium with a presentation by author and civil rights activist Ruby Bridges titled “Through My Eyes.”

Bridges was one of the first black children to integrate the New Orleans public school system in 1960. She is the inspiration behind Norman Rockwell’s painting, “The Problem We All Live With;” the book, “The Story of Ruby Bridges” by Robert Cole; and the Disney movie “Ruby Bridges.” In 1998, Bridges published her award-winning children’s book, “Through My Eyes,” detailing her childhood experience

Bridges is the recipient of several awards, including the NAACP Martin Luther King award and the Presidential Citizens Medal presented by President Bill Clinton. Bridges is also a member of the board of directors for the Norman Rockwell Museum.

Topics: ASI 2010s ASI 2017

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