Ruby Bridges: Civil Rights Hero; First African American Student to go to a Desegregated School in the South

In May 1954, the United States Supreme Court overturned segregation in American public schools.  Six years later, nothing had changed.  Who would cross the line?  Who would break the barrier?  In November 1960, six-year-old Ruby Bridges took on that role.  Escorted by federal marshals, she marched through screaming crowds into William Frantz Public School in New Orleans—not once, but every day, for five long months.  Come hear her story, and how she views race and civil rights today.  Interviews will be conducted by Michelle Moody-Adams and Gabrielle Apollon.

This event is co-sponsored by the Columbia University Student Governing Body.

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