Through My Eyes

This is the story of Ruby Bridges' experiences being the first black student to integrate the William Frantz Public School in New Orleans in 1960. When Ruby first goes to school, escorted by U.S. Marshalls, she is the only child in her class. Nearly all of the white students have been withdrawn by their angry parents. Bridges recalls her confusion at the angry crowds outside her school and by the rage over desegregation. She experiences isolation, but forms a life long bond with her first grade teacher, Barbara Henry. Ruby's story is complemented with newspaper quotes, recollections of her family, teacher, friends and a psychologist, all combined with dramatic photographs of the events that unfolded. Winner for Older Children, 2000.

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