Ruby Bridges is an American civil rights activist. Her full name is Ruby Nell Bridges Hall and born on September 8, 1954, in Tylertown, Mississippi, US. She became a symbol of the civil rights movement during the New Orleans school desegregation crisis on 14 November 1960.
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Ruby Bridges Quotes on Racism
Racism is a grown-up disease, and we should stop using our kids to spread it.
If kids have the opportunity 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.
Racism is a form of hate. We pass it on to our young people. When we do that, we are robbing children of their innocence.
I wanted to use my experience to teach kids that racism has no place in hearts and minds.
I think racism is something that is passed on and taught to our kids, and that’s a shame.
Our babies know nothing about hate or racism. But soon they begin to learn – and only from us.
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.
You cannot look at a person and tell whether they’re good or bad.
We may not all be equally guilty. But we are all equally responsible for building a decent and just society.
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.
We all have a common enemy, and it is evil.
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.
Evil looks like you and I. I know what evil looks like, and I know that it comes in all shades and colors.
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.
We must absolutely take care of one another.
We have to take care of each other’s children.
I believe that we have to come together, and we have to rely on the goodness of each other.
Best Ruby Bridges Quotes
Throughout my life, my prayers have actively sustained me – held me up, carried me through.
I believe in my prayers.
What we, as African Americans, stood on was our faith.
A lot of my strength came from my upbringing.
Wisdom is a gift but has nothing to do with age. That was probably the case with me.
I do think that some people are born as old souls.
We have tolerance, respect, and equality in our written laws but not in the hearts of some of our people.
My mother and our pastor always said you have to pray for your enemies and people who do you wrong, and that’s what I did.
Somehow, it always worked. Kneeling at the side of my bed and talking to the Lord made everything okay.
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.
You cannot look at a person and judge him or her by the color of their skin.
Kids really don’t care about what their friends look like.
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Kids come into the world with clean hearts, fresh starts.
Now that I’m a parent, I know that my parents were incredibly brave.
My mother had taught me that the only thing you could depend on was your faith, and I had that.
I’m not a very public person.
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.
If we are about what is good today, then we that are good need to come together to fight what’s bad out there.
It’s taken me a long time to own the early part of my life.
If my mama said not to do something, I didn’t do it.
When the scary subject of race is finally broached, kids want to talk and talk. It’s very satisfying.
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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.
I want to inspire kids.
I’m the mother of four.
I like to share my story with children, and they are amazed by the story.
I pray for my enemies, that God would forgive them.
I think that racism is ugly and so unfair, and I believe that we all need one another.
It’s time to get past our racial differences. We owe it to our children to help them keep their clean start.
We keep racism alive. We pass it on to our children. I think that is very sad.
I had never seen a white teacher before, but Mrs. Henry was the nicest teacher I ever had.
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.
I believe it doesn’t do yourself any good to hate.
That’s really what my work is all about – bringing kids together.
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.
From age 7 to about 37, I had a normal life and not a very easy one.
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.
Ruby Bridges Quotes About Going to School
Schools should be diverse if we are to get past racial differences.
I was the first black child to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana in 1960.
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.
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.