Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles, illustrated by George Ford

I just brought this one home from the library and read it to my son. It is a thoughtful story about Ruby Bridges who had to attend school alone and face an angry mob for months before any white children would join her. I learned more about her story and was impressed that Ruby prayed for those tormenting her. What a powerful lesson to us as adults who often forget to include God in our daily dealings and who often do not pray to forgive and taught by a child. Ruby’s mother writes about her the following and that is probably all that needs to be said about this remarkable child.

“Our Ruby taught us a lot. She became someone who helped change our country. She was part of history, just like generals and presidents are part of history. They’re leaders, and so was Ruby. She led us away from hate, and she led us nearer to knowing each other, the white folks and the black folks.”

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