Thank You, Ruby Bridgesby Emilee M.

  • Grades: 3–5, 6–8

Dear Ms. Bridges,

I am writing this letter to you because I wish to show my gratitude for your bravery amidst all your tribulations. Many are probably writing you this letter for the purpose of maintaining their grade average and winning the prizes. But I want you to know that I have tried to my best ability to put my heart-felt feelings into this letter, and I hope that I may share my thoughts about those troublesome times in which you lived your childhood.

First, I would like to portray how unjust this nation was back then. I cannot believe even how the most ghastly person could show impartiality towards someone for the color of their skin! We are all humans and therefore we each have our blemishes, no one is perfect so no one has the right to judge each other. I like to think of it this way: In a crayon box there are many colors, they each have their own positive characteristics and each has their negative, but they all ‘live’ together in harmony in one box. If something as incompetent as a crayon can do it, why can’t the most intelligent earth creatures, humans, do the same?

Just thinking about all these things puts me in a melancholy mood. It is truly depressing to learn about the lives taken as a result of racism. I am disheartened when I imagine the many bombings that occurred in those hateful days. It is saddening to see that the heroes of those days were only recognized for their memorable deeds.

I am angered by such prejudices like the KKK. These horrible ‘gangsters’ should be annihilated or at least thrown in jail for their actions. That horrid group of resistors that said and did all those mean things was wrong in its doings. And some of the leaders of that time such as certain mayors were unjust and unconstitutional towards blacks. This was truly sad.

Therefore I end this epistle with a second thank you. I was deeply touched and encouraged by your story!


Emilee M., 5th grade, Texas

"Thank You, Ruby Bridges"

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