Yesterday Owen brought home this Scholastic News article about Ruby Bridges.
Maybe you don't know who she is, or maybe you recognize her adorable little face but not the name. She is known to be the first black child to go to an all white school in the South. In November 1960. Not that many years ago.
Every once in a while I will have moments that bring me to tears concerning race and Moyz and Kembia. And reading through the above pamphlet was one of them.
I can't imagine being her a little girl, getting yelled at by angry white people as she went into school armed with guards that the president sent for her. She was taught that first year by herself. Yep, she got to go the white school but had a teacher all to herself, no one else in class. The next year she was in a class that had both black and white students in it.
Today, she has written the books Through My Eyes, and Ruby Bridges Goes To School. Here is the link to the Ruby Bridges website for her story. It is quite interesting and I highly suggest you check it out.
Please, please talk to your kids about race. No matter what the racial make-up of your family is. So often people ignore racial issues because they feel like it isn't a problem. I think the intention is good, but racial problems are still huge. And to not talk about it is to ignore it, and we just can't do that.