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36 Ruby Bridges Quotes From The Influential Civil Rights Activist

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Ruby Bridges was the first African American to attend an all-white school in American History

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Ruby Bridges' biggest achievement is when she pushed forward the civil rights movement when she became the first African American admitted into an all-white school.

Bridges was born on 8 September 1954, when the US Supreme court ended racial separation in schools. She was born into a poor African American family who had decided to settle down in New Orleans for a better life.

After a few years, the city of New Orleans conducted a test for all the African American children whose result would ensure a seat in an all-white school if they passed. Ruby Bridges was among the six students who cleared the test. Her parents debated sending their child to an all-white school, considering her safety as white families and students didn't really welcome blacks. But her mother convinced her father that this opportunity was important to let her gain a life of education.

On Ruby's first day at William Frantz Elementary School on 14 November 1960, she was escorted by federal marshals, as all sorts of retaliation from the white parents were expected. She endured all the insults and slurs by the crowds that surrounded the school, opposing the first black child's admission in an all-white school. The chaos ensured Ruby's first day was spent in the principal's office. No teachers were willing to teach young Ruby except for Barbara Henry, who, against all odds, decided to educate Ruby all by herself for an entire year, with Ruby being her only student in an otherwise empty classroom. Ruby eventually went on to graduate from high school and took up a career as a travel agent. Her bravery to attend the school as the first black student in an all-white school, despite the opposition, made her a hero among all black students.

Her bravery was depicted in a painting by Norman Rockwell called 'The Problem We All Live With', showing her walk to her class while being escorted by federal marshals and deemed the symbol of the civil rights movement. Go through her journey with these inspiring Ruby Bridges quotes, and if you're looking for more such stirring quotes, check out our Rosa Parks Quotes and Fannie Lou Hamer Quotes.
 

Motivational Ruby Bridges Quotes

Ruby Bridges' actions as a young student inspired everyone to accept unsegregated education.

Marshals escorted Ruby, the first black child in an all-white school, on the first day to protect her from angry mobs around the school.

1. "My mother had taught me that the only thing you could depend on was your faith, and I had that."

-Ruby Bridges.

2. "I now know that experience comes to us for a purpose, and if we follow the guidance of the spirit within us, we will probably find that the purpose is a good one."

-Ruby Bridges.

3. "God makes each of us unique in ways that go much deeper."

-Ruby Bridges.

4. "I believe that we have to come together, and we have to rely on the goodness of each other."

-Ruby Bridges.

5. "A lot of my strength came from my upbringing."

-Ruby Bridges.

6. "History definitely should be taught the way it happened—good, bad or ugly."

-Ruby Bridges.

7. "The person that impacted my life the most would have to have been my father because he shaped me into who I am today."

-Ruby Bridges.

8. "Don't follow the path. Go where there is no path and begin the trail. When you start a new trail equipped with courage, strength and conviction, the only thing that can stop you is you!"

-Ruby Bridges.

9. "Once my school was integrated, and I was there with white kids and a few black kids, it really didn’t matter to us what we looked like."

-Ruby Bridges.

10. "When you start a new trail equipped with courage, strength, and conviction, the only thing that can stop you is you!"

-Ruby Bridges.

Ruby Bridges Quotes About Racism

Civil rights activist Ruby Bridges quotes teach us how to cope with everyday racism.

11. "Each and every one of us is born with a clean heart. Our babies know nothing about hate or racism. But soon they begin to learn – and only from us. We keep racism alive. We pass it on to our children. We owe it to our children to help them keep their clean start."

-Ruby Bridges.

12. "Racism is a form of hate. We pass it on to our young people. When we do that, we are robbing children of their innocence."

-Ruby Bridges.

13. "If kids have the opportunity to come together to get to know one another, they can judge for themselves who they want their friends to be. All children should have that choice. We, as adults, shouldn't make those choices for children. That's how racism starts."

-Ruby Bridges.

14. "Racism is a grown-up disease and we must stop using our children to spread it."

-Ruby Bridges.

15. "Never judge people by the color of their skin."

-Ruby Bridges.

16. "I wanted to use my experience to teach kids that racism has no place in hearts and minds."

-Ruby Bridges.

17. "I wish there were enough marshals to walk with every child as they faced the hatred and racism today, and to support, encourage them the way these federal marshals did for me."

-Ruby Bridges.

18. "I think that racism is ugly and so unfair, and I believe that we all need one another."

-Ruby Bridges.

19. "Evil isn't prejudiced. It doesn't care what you look like; it just wants a place to rest. It's up to you whether you give it that place."

-Ruby Bridges.

20. "My message is really that racism has no place in the hearts and minds of our children."

-Ruby Bridges.

Famous Quotes By Ruby Bridges

Ruby Bridges quotes that every activist admires. These Ruby Bridges quotes are truly impactful.

Ruby was taught by a white teacher named Barbara Henry for an entire year.

21. "Evil looks like you and I. I know what evil looks like, and I know that it comes in all shades and colors."

-Ruby Bridges.

22. "From age 7 to about 37, I had a normal life and not a very easy one."

-Ruby Bridges.

23. "Please God, forgive these people because even if they say those mean things they don't know what they're doing."

-Ruby Bridges.

24. "We have tolerance, respect, and equality in our written laws but not in the hearts of some of our people."

-Ruby Bridges.

25. "The only bad thing about burning your bridges behind you is that the world is round."

-Ruby Bridges.

26. "I like to share my story with children, and they are amazed by the story."

-Ruby Bridges.

27. "All of our schools should be good enough to attract a healthy racial mix, which, I believe, leads to the most effective learning for everybody."

-Ruby Bridges.

28. "Wisdom is a gift but has nothing to do with age. That was probably the case with me."

-Ruby Bridges.

29. "We may not all be equally guilty. But we are all equally responsible for building a decent and just society."

-Ruby Bridges.

30. "None of our kids come into the world knowing anything about disliking one another."

-Ruby Bridges.

31. "The people I passed every morning as I walked up the school’s steps were full of hate. They were white, but so was my teacher, who couldn’t have been more different from them."

-Ruby Bridges.

32. "I do think that some people are born as old souls."

-Ruby Bridges.

33. "It looked like diamonds, rubies, emeralds; he could think of nothing beautiful which it did not resemble."

-Ruby Bridges.

34. "We all have a common enemy, and it is evil."

-Ruby Bridges.

35. "I had never seen a white teacher before, but Mrs. Henry was the nicest teacher I ever had."

-Ruby Bridges.

36. "Schools should be diverse if we are to get past racial differences."

-Ruby Bridges.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for Ruby Bridges Quotes, why not look at [black history inspirational quotes] or civil rights quotes?

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