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Saturday, November 17 • 8:30am - 10:00am
Second General Session - Ruby Bridges

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Ruby Bridges is an American activist who became a symbol of the civil rights movement when she was six years old and in the youngest of a group of African-American students to integrate schools in the American South. When she was four years old, her family moved to New Orleans. Two years later a test was given to the city’s African-American schoolchildren to determine which students could enter all-white schools. Bridges passed the test and was selected for enrollment at the city’s William Frantz Elementary School.
Of the six African-American students designated to integrate the school, Bridges was the only one to enroll. On November 14, 1960, her first day, she was escorted to school by four federal marshals. Bridges spent the entire day in the principal’s office as irate parents marched into the school to remove their children. On Bridges’ second day, Barbara Henry, a young teacher from Boston, began to teach her.
Bridges’ bravery inspired the Norman Rockwell painting The Problem We All Live With (1964), which depicts the young Bridges walking to school between two sets of marshals, a racial epithet marking the wall behind them.

She is now chair of the Ruby Bridges Foundation, which she formed in 1999 to promote "the values of tolerance, respect, and appreciation of all differences."

Saturday November 17, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am CST
Hyatt East Tower, Grand A, Ballroom Level