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Ruby Bridges: A Simple Act of Courage

View slide shows, watch a video, and explore an interactive magazine to discover the story of Ruby Bridges and her bravery in desegregating a New Orleans school in 1960.


PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

Activity Type

  • Interactive Whiteboard Activities

Ruby Bridges: A Simple Act of Courage shares Ruby Bridge’s unique story with students, and shows them what life was like for African American children in the segregated South of the 1950s. Through slide shows, an interactive magazine from Scholastic News, and a student-created video, students gain a fuller understanding of Ruby’s pivotal role in the civil rights struggle.

  • Ruby Bridges and the Civil Rights Movement Slide Show In November 1960, Ruby Bridges became the first African American child to integrate an all-white elementary school in the South. See what segregation and inequality looked like and learn about Ruby’s story.
  • Scholastic News: Ruby the Brave Open your digital magazine to read Ruby’s story, watch a video, play a skills game, and much more!
  • Hero’s Choice: A Student Video Watch as students in Megan Power’s class at Del Sur Elementary in the Poway Unified School District, Calif., tell Ruby’s story in this video they wrote, directed, and performed.

Susan Cheyney

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