Ruby Bridges – The 6-year-old Girl Who Changed American History

Ruby Bridges

You may have never heard of Ruby Bridges. But if you are a student in a public school, there is a good chance that she has impacted your life and the lives of your classmates. She did so by her brave actions 55 years ago.

In 1960, at age 6, Ruby’s parents volunteered her to participate in the integration of the New Orleans school system. She was the first African-American child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South.

The courage she and her parents demonstrated has led to the full integration of students of all races in schools across America. She is living proof of the power of children to change the world. This video tells Ruby’s story.

Additional Resources:

  • For more information about Ruby, visit her website.
  • Here is another video that describes Ruby’s experience.

Topics for Discussion:

  • What makes Ruby brave?
  • Can you think of another brave American?

Take Action:

  • How many kids in your class are different races from you? Get to know them and see that they’re just like you!
  • Think of something you’re afraid to do. Then, like Ruby, be brave and do it anyway!

Teacher Features:

  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.


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