Ruby Bridges: My Story

Thursday, November 19, 2015 | 7:00 PM

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Norman Rockwell, The Problem We All Live With, 1963. Oil on canvas, 36” x 58”. Illustration for “Look,” January 14, 1964. Norman Rockwell Museum Collection. ©NRELC, Niles, IL.

Ruby Bridges: My Story

Ruby Bridges became an important part of America s Civil Rights history when she was only in first grade. Norman Rockwell s 1963 painting The Problem We All Live With memorialized Bridges place as the very first black student to attend a newly desegregated school New Orleans. In conjunction with the opening of the exhibition American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell, Ruby Bridges will share her story and personal experiences of this critical era.

Due to limited seating, entrance to the lecture will be monitored by wristbands. Wristbands will be distributed outside of the northeast entrance to the Museum of Art at 4:00 pm. You must be present to receive a wristband. Once all blue wristbands have been distributed for available seats in the Museum of Art, then yellow wristbands will be distributed for overflow locations on campus. The Museum of Art will close at 5:00 pm and will re-open for seating for those with blue wristbands at 6:00 pm. No saving of seats will be permitted.

Following Ruby s talk she will be available to sign the following books: Through My Eyes, The Story of Ruby Bridges, and Ruby Bridges Goes to School. All of these publications will be available for purchase in the Museum of Art Store. Guests with yellow wristbands who viewed the lecture at overflow locations will be able to re-enter the Museum for this event. It is recommended that guests purchase their book before attending the lecture.
Generous support for this lecture as well as for American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell has been provided by Rondell and Joyce Hanson.

About Ruby Bridges

Ruby Bridges was born in Mississippi in 1954 and moved to New Orleans at the age of two. In 1960, because of her high test scores, the NAACP contacted Ruby s parents in seeking children to participate in the integration of the New Orleans schools. Her brave march into school attracted nationwide attention – angry protestors yelled at Ruby and white parents pulled their children from the school. Today, Ruby is an adult who encompasses that rare commodity known as “living history.” She has been featured on Oprah, Primetime, and Good Morning America. Many have written about her, a television movie based on her life was produced by Walt Disney Home Entertainment, and in 1999 Ruby published her own autobiography, Through My Eyes.

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