I write to share my gratitude for a woman who changed history, set an example for the world, and has inspired my daughters and me.
As a young child, Ruby Bridges bravely stood up for herself and children across the country when she became the first child to desegregate her New Orleans elementary school. She walked into her school in the face of hatred and threats so serious that U.S. Marshals escorted her to school. In doing so, she showed children that they can make a difference.
My six year old with Norman Rockwell’s painting depicting six year old Ruby Bridges
In the years since she was a brave elementary school girl leading the way to desegregate, Ruby Bridges has continued to be an activist, writer, and Civil Rights advocate, inspiring generations of children and adults alike.
Last year, I had the incredible honor of meeting her, spending time with her and hearing of her experiences. This amazing woman had been a hero of my childhood and was indeed just as full of grace, strength, and conviction as I had always imagined her to be.
At this challenging time in our nation’s history, I find comfort and fierce resolve in thinking about the leaders, trailblazers, and brave Americans - of all ages - who have stood up for justice with purpose and principle.