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Posted May 28, 2012
Through My Eyes is an inspiring memoir of Ruby Bridges, the six
Through My Eyes is an inspiring memoir of Ruby Bridges, the six year old little girl who was chosen to help integrate a Louisiana school in 1960. This book recounts Bridges' experience as the only black student in a previously segregated school. Bridges was handpicked to be one of the first students to desegregate her neighborhood school. She had no idea how significant she would become to the civil rights movement.
This book combines Bridges' own recollections with newspaper clippings and photographs that help convey the reality of the time period. Bridges recounts memories of being screamed at, spit at and threatened by the "upstanding" members of her community for daring to attend a white school. Can you imagine a community uniting in order to attack, threaten and terrorize a six year old child? The photographs in this book prove that that is exactly what occurred.
I think my favorite thing about this book is that it tells the story of an ordinary person. Ruby bridges was not exceptional. She was not the biggest or the most passionate person in her community; she wasn't even especially concerned with any political movements of the time. She was simply a brave little girl who was forced into a situation that would frighten people five times her age- and she endured. Ruby Bridges teaches us that one person really can make a difference in the grand scheme of things. With a little courage, a little girl was transformed into a national martyr. This book won the Orbis Pictus award in 2000 for its account of this story. I would strongly recommend this book as a lesson on both the civil rights movement and as an inspirational testament to the idea that one person can make a difference.
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