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Through My Eyes

Through My Eyes

by Ruby Bridges
On November 14, 1960, a tiny six-year-old black child, surrounded by federal marshals, walked through a mob of screaming segregationists and into her school. From where she sat in the office, Ruby Bridges could see parents marching through the halls and taking their children out of classrooms. The next day, Ruby walked through the angry mob once again and into a school where she saw no other students. The white children did not go to school that day, and they wouldn't go to school for many days to come. Surrounded by racial turmoil, Ruby, the only student in a classroom with one wonderful teacher, learned to read and add.

This is the story of a pivotal event in history as Ruby Bridges saw it unfold around her. Ruby's poignant words, quotations from writers and from other adults who observed her, and dramatic photographs recreate an amazing story of innocence, courage, and forgiveness.

Ruby Bridges' story is an inspiration to us all.
Ages
9, 10, 11, 12
Interest Level
Grades 4 - 7
Grade Level Equivalent
5.6
Lexile Measure
860L
DRA
60
Guided Reading
W
Genre
Biography and Autobiography

About the Author

Ruby Bridges Ruby Bridges became a pioneer in school integration at the age of six, when she was chosen to spend her first-grade year in what had formerly been an all-white elementary school in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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