Top 70 Ruby Bridges Quotes and Saying

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.

Here we are going to share with you some of the best Ruby Bridges Quotes which is mentioned below.

Ruby Bridges Quotes on Racism

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

We as African Americans knew that if we wanted to see change, we had to step up to the plate and make that change ourselves. Not everyone comes to that realization in their lives, but thank God Linda Brown’s father felt that way.

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.

None of our kids come into the world knowing anything about disliking one another.

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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.

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.

Administrations and administrative faculty work very hard to see that schools are diverse as much as possible.

What I do remember about first grade and that year was that it was very lonely. I didn’t have any friends, and I wasn’t allowed to go to the cafeteria or play on the playground. What bothered me most was the loneliness in school every day.

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.

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.’

It’s not who you’re going to sit beside at school that matters now: it’s what resources will your school have.

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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.

The people I passed every morning as I walked up the school’s steps were full of hate. They were white, but so was my teacher, who couldn’t have been more different from them. She was one of the most loving people I had ever known.

I remember turning onto the street. I saw barricades and police officers and, just, people everywhere. When I saw all of that, I immediately thought that it was Mardi Gras. I had no idea that they were here to keep me out of the school.

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