Ruby Bridges

in conversation with Paula Farmer

Recorded Wednesday, December 16th, 2020

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Ruby Bridges‘ new release, This is Your Time, inspired by the recent wave of activism for racial justice led by young people, is a powerful letter of encouragement to readers, recounting her experience integrating the New Orleans public school system and culminating in a call to action for a new generation of young activists and adults to unite.

Ruby is a civil rights activist who at the age of six was the first Black student to integrate an all-white elementary school in New Orleans. She was born in Mississippi in 1954, the same year the United States Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision ordering the integration of public schools. Her family later moved to New Orleans, where on November 14, 1960, Bridges began attending William Frantz Elementary School, single-handedly initiating the desegregation of public education in New Orleans. Her walk to the front door of the school was immortalized in Norman Rockwell’s painting The Problem We All Live With, in Robert Coles’s book The Story of Ruby Bridges, and in the Disney movie Ruby Bridges. This is Your Time is her first book in over twenty years, following the publication of her award-winning autobiography, Through My Eyes.

She established the Ruby Bridges Foundation to provide leadership training programs that inspire youth and community leaders to embrace and value the richness of diversity. Bridges is the recipient of numerous awards, including the NAACP Martin Luther King Award, the Presidential Citizens Medal, and honorary doctorate degrees from Connecticut College, College of New Rochelle, Columbia University Teachers College, and Tulane University.

“Racism is a grown-up disease. Let’s stop using our kids to spread it.”

– Ruby Bridges

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    What advice do you give for young activists of the next generation?

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    You are an inspiration for so many, and your legacy is so large. Who are your political and personal inspirations?

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    What does protest mean to you?

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    What brought you to write “This is your time”?

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    What was it like for you seeing “The Problem We All Live With” for the first time, and then later seeing it on the White House wall ?

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    What does accountability look like to you? Especially within the justice system?

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    What has living in a pandemic been like for you? How has it impacted your life and your writing?

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    When you think about racism today, does it seem much different from when you were a little girl?

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    What advice would you offer to your 12 year old self?

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    How were you such a brave young girl?

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    What was the editing process like for your book? Interested in the nitty gritty!

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    What are you reading right now that you love?

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    What are you working on next? Wishing you the very best.

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    What is the last thing you saw or read that moved you?

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    What is your writing process?

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    Have you kept in touch with any of the children you were in class with when you integrated the school?

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    What did it feel like as a young girl being escorted into the school by federal ages? (From my 12 yr old son.)

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    Will I get an email with link to join conversation with Paula Farmer on Roby Bridges?