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Quotes by Ruby Bridges

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Wikipedia Summary for Ruby Bridges

Ruby Nell Bridges Hall (born September 8, 1954) is an American civil rights activist. She was the first African-American child to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana during the New Orleans school desegregation crisis on November 14, 1960. She is the subject of a 1964 painting, The Problem We All Live With by Norman Rockwell.

Quote: I'm not a very public person. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

I'm not a very public person.


Quote: I'm the mother of four. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

I'm the mother of four.


Quote: I do think that some people are born as old souls. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

I do think that some people are born as old souls.


Quote: I believe it doesn't do yourself any good to hate. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

I believe it doesn't do yourself any good to hate.


Quote: We have to take care of each other's children. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

We have to take care of each other's children.


Quote: Once my school was integrated, and I was there with white kids and a few black kids, it really didn't matter to us what we looked like. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

Once my school was integrated, and I was there with white kids and a few black kids, it really didn't matter to us what we looked like.


Quote: I felt like there was something I needed to do -- speaking to kids and sharing my story with them and helping them understand racism has no place in the minds and hearts of children. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

I felt like there was something I needed to do -- speaking to kids and sharing my story with them and helping them understand racism has no place in the minds and hearts of children.


Quote: I wanted to use my experience to teach kids that racism has no place in hearts and minds. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

I wanted to use my experience to teach kids that racism has no place in hearts and minds.


Quote: When the scary subject of race is finally broached, kids want to talk and talk. It's very satisfying. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

When the scary subject of race is finally broached, kids want to talk and talk. It's very satisfying.


Quote: My mother had taught me that the only thing you could depend on was your faith, and I had that. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

My mother had taught me that the only thing you could depend on was your faith, and I had that.


Quote: If we're gonna get past our our racial differences, it's gonna come from our kids, but they have to be together to do that. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

If we're gonna get past our our racial differences, it's gonna come from our kids, but they have to be together to do that.


Quote: Throughout my life, my prayers have actively sustained me -- held me up, carried me through. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

Throughout my life, my prayers have actively sustained me -- held me up, carried me through.


Quote: Now that I'm a parent, I know that my parents were incredibly brave. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

Now that I'm a parent, I know that my parents were incredibly brave.


Quote: All of our schools should be good enough to attract a healthy racial mix, which, I believe, leads to the most effective learning for everybody. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

All of our schools should be good enough to attract a healthy racial mix, which, I believe, leads to the most effective learning for everybody.


Quote: My message is really that racism has no place in the hearts and minds of our children. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

My message is really that racism has no place in the hearts and minds of our children.


Quote: I remember what it was like at age 6, not really understanding what was going on around me, but having all these grown-up thoughts running through my head about what I was facing, why this was happening. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

I remember what it was like at age 6, not really understanding what was going on around me, but having all these grown-up thoughts running through my head about what I was facing, why this was happening.


Quote: There are all kinds of monuments to adults -- usually dead and usually white. But we don't often lift up the extraordinary work of children. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

There are all kinds of monuments to adults -- usually dead and usually white. But we don't often lift up the extraordinary work of children.


Quote: We'd get these boxes of clothing in the mail, and my mom would say, 'What makes you think all this is for you? You've got a sister right behind you.' So then I realized, we're all in this together. We have to help each other. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

We'd get these boxes of clothing in the mail, and my mom would say, 'What makes you think all this is for you? You've got a sister right behind you.' So then I realized, we're all in this together. We have to help each other.


Quote: I had never seen a white teacher before, but Mrs. Henry was the nicest teacher I ever had. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

I had never seen a white teacher before, but Mrs. Henry was the nicest teacher I ever had.


Quote: It's time to get past our racial differences. We owe it to our children to help them keep their clean start. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

It's time to get past our racial differences. We owe it to our children to help them keep their clean start.


Quote: Evil isn't prejudiced. It doesn't care what you look like; it just wants a place to rest. It's up to you whether you give it that place. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

Evil isn't prejudiced. It doesn't care what you look like; it just wants a place to rest. It's up to you whether you give it that place.


Quote: I believe that we have to come together, and we have to rely on the goodness of each other. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

I believe that we have to come together, and we have to rely on the goodness of each other.


Quote: Evil looks like you and I. I know what evil looks like, and I know that it comes in all shades and colors. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

Evil looks like you and I. I know what evil looks like, and I know that it comes in all shades and colors.


Quote: I remember the first time seeing myself on TV, when my family was watching the documentary 'Eyes on the Prize' for the first time. There were pictures of people going up the school stairs, and Mom said, 'Oh, that's you!' I said, 'I can't believe this. This is important.' by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of Ruby Bridges quote; white text on black background

I remember the first time seeing myself on TV, when my family was watching the documentary 'Eyes on the Prize' for the first time. There were pictures of people going up the school stairs, and Mom said, 'Oh, that's you!' I said, 'I can't believe this. This is important.'


Quote: Kids come into the world with clean hearts, fresh starts. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

Kids come into the world with clean hearts, fresh starts.


Quote: We must absolutely take care of one another. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

We must absolutely take care of one another.


Quote: You cannot look at a person and tell whether they're good or bad. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

You cannot look at a person and tell whether they're good or bad.


Quote: What we, as African Americans, stood on was our faith. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

What we, as African Americans, stood on was our faith.


Quote: When I think about our babies today and them not being safe in school, I think that should be the next civil rights movement, you know, is to ban the assault weapons so that our babies can be safe. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

When I think about our babies today and them not being safe in school, I think that should be the next civil rights movement, you know, is to ban the assault weapons so that our babies can be safe.


Quote: I would dream that this coffin had wings, and it would fly around my bed at night, and so it was a dream that happened a lot, and that's what frightened me. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

I would dream that this coffin had wings, and it would fly around my bed at night, and so it was a dream that happened a lot, and that's what frightened me.


Quote: If you really think about it, if we begin to teach history exactly the way that it happened -- good, bad, ugly, no matter what -- I believe that we're going to find that we are closer, more connected than we are apart. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

If you really think about it, if we begin to teach history exactly the way that it happened -- good, bad, ugly, no matter what -- I believe that we're going to find that we are closer, more connected than we are apart.


Quote: As African-Americans, people of that generation felt pretty much if they were going to see changes in the world, they had to make sacrifices and step up to the plate. I'm very proud that my parents happened to be people who did. They were not privileged to have a formal education. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of Ruby Bridges quote: As African-Americans, people of that generation felt pretty much if they were going to see changes in the world, they had to make sacrifices and step up to the plate. I'm very proud that my parents happened to be people who did. They were not privileged to have a formal education.- black text on quotes background

As African-Americans, people of that generation felt pretty much if they were going to see changes in the world, they had to make sacrifices and step up to the plate. I'm very proud that my parents happened to be people who did. They were not privileged to have a formal education.


Quote: Each and every one of us is born with a clean heart. Our babies know nothing about hate or racism. But soon they begin to learn -- and only from us. We keep racism alive. We pass it on to our children. We owe it to our children to help them keep their clean start. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

Each and every one of us is born with a clean heart. Our babies know nothing about hate or racism. But soon they begin to learn -- and only from us. We keep racism alive. We pass it on to our children. We owe it to our children to help them keep their clean start.


Quote: Don't follow the path. Go where there is no path and begin the trail. When you start a new trail equipped with courage, strength and conviction, the only thing that can stop you is you! by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

Don't follow the path. Go where there is no path and begin the trail. When you start a new trail equipped with courage, strength and conviction, the only thing that can stop you is you!


Quote: I never got the chance to meet Linda Brown; there were several times we were supposed to meet or be on the same stage together, but life gets in the way, and it never happened. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

I never got the chance to meet Linda Brown; there were several times we were supposed to meet or be on the same stage together, but life gets in the way, and it never happened.


Quote: Somehow, it always worked. Kneeling at the side of my bed and talking to the Lord made everything okay. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

Somehow, it always worked. Kneeling at the side of my bed and talking to the Lord made everything okay.


Quote: My family -- my mother and father had gone through such a hard time that by the time I graduated from sixth grade, they were separated. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

My family -- my mother and father had gone through such a hard time that by the time I graduated from sixth grade, they were separated.


Quote: We have tolerance, respect, and equality in our written laws but not in the hearts of some of our people. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

We have tolerance, respect, and equality in our written laws but not in the hearts of some of our people.


Quote: From age 7 to about 37, I had a normal life and not a very easy one. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

From age 7 to about 37, I had a normal life and not a very easy one.


Quote: I've seen schools in Detroit where the windows are broken, where there's no heat, and children are sitting with their coats on in class in the middle of a snowstorm. I've also seen schools in California with Olympic-sized swimming pools and cafeterias like five-star restaurants. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of Ruby Bridges quote; white text on black background

I've seen schools in Detroit where the windows are broken, where there's no heat, and children are sitting with their coats on in class in the middle of a snowstorm. I've also seen schools in California with Olympic-sized swimming pools and cafeterias like five-star restaurants.


Quote: The mission of the Ruby Bridges Foundation is to create educational opportunities like science camp that allow children from different racial, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds to build lasting relationships. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

The mission of the Ruby Bridges Foundation is to create educational opportunities like science camp that allow children from different racial, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds to build lasting relationships.


Quote: I think that racism is ugly and so unfair, and I believe that we all need one another. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

I think that racism is ugly and so unfair, and I believe that we all need one another.


Quote: Racism is a grown-up disease, and we should stop using our kids to spread it. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

Racism is a grown-up disease, and we should stop using our kids to spread it.


Quote: If kids have the oportunity to come together to get to know one another, they can judge for themselves who they want their friends to be. All children should have that choice. We, as adults, shouldn't make those choices for children. That's how racism starts. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

If kids have the oportunity to come together to get to know one another, they can judge for themselves who they want their friends to be. All children should have that choice. We, as adults, shouldn't make those choices for children. That's how racism starts.


Quote: Every day, I would show up, and there were no kids, just me and my teacher in my classroom. Every day, I would be escorted by marshals past a mob of people protesting and boycotting the school. This went on for a whole year. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

Every day, I would show up, and there were no kids, just me and my teacher in my classroom. Every day, I would be escorted by marshals past a mob of people protesting and boycotting the school. This went on for a whole year.


Quote: We may not all be equally guilty. But we are all equally responsible for building a decent and just society. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

We may not all be equally guilty. But we are all equally responsible for building a decent and just society.


Quote: I pray for my enemies, that God would forgive them. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

I pray for my enemies, that God would forgive them.


Quote: The greatest lesson I learned that year in Mrs. Henry's class was the lesson Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to teach us all: Never judge people by the color of their skin. God makes each of us unique in ways that go much deeper. by author Ruby Bridges overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruby Bridges with quote

The greatest lesson I learned that year in Mrs. Henry's class was the lesson Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to teach us all: Never judge people by the color of their skin. God makes each of us unique in ways that go much deeper.


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