The First Brave Step: A Conversation with Ruby Bridges

Friday, November 5, 2021 12:30 pm EST

The Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights will host an intimate conversation with Ruby Bridges, an iconic figure in U.S. civil rights history and an inspiring figure in the ongoing struggle for racial justice. In 1960, six-year-old Ruby became the first Black child to attend a public school in Louisiana when, escorted by federal marshals, she walked into the all-white William Frantz Elementary School.

Inspired by her desire to help children achieve their hopes and dreams, the Ruby Bridges Foundation was established in 1999. Later, the Ruby’s Bridges program was developed to promote cultural understanding through community service. Ruby now offers online reading workshops for children, hosts her own podcast, and speaks publicly.

Ms. Bridges will join us via Zoom, and we are proud to present this conversation as part of our “Building an Anti-Racist Vocabulary” series. You may also attend in person at Leighton Concert Hall. All seats are reserved. Join us on Friday, November 5, 2021, from 12:30–1:45 p.m. (EST).

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