“If we are to reach real peace in this world… we shall have to begin with children.” — Gandhi
Ruby Bridges was six years old when she made a difference in the world.
Ruby Bridges made the courageous and visionary decision to attend her new, all-White school despite an overwhelmingly chaotic environment around her.
Guns, profanity, threats. Pure danger surrounded Ruby's life and walk into school every day.
Ruby was the only student in her class that school year with the only teacher who didn't refuse her. Both were brave, both were ostracized, both did what they knew was right.
Her parents weren't even sure of Ruby's decision to attend this school. But they let Ruby go forward. They let her make the choice.
They did not hold her back from speaking her truth.
How was this six-year-old so strong? How was she so self-assured in her choices? How did she have such resilience?
This happened in 1960. Ruby is only 65 years old today. What have we learned from her bravery and activism?
One thing we should all be able to agree on is that we still have major work to do on racial equity in America.
“If we are to reach real peace in this world… we shall have to begin with children.”
— Mahatma Gandhi
Listen to our young people. We can learn from the choices they make and their views of "right" and "wrong". Don't shut them down or tell them to be quiet.
Trust, empower, and help children project their voices as they are pure and honest. We need that right now.