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Ruby Bridges

Civil Rights Movement

U.S. Marshals escorting Ruby from school. U.S. Marshals escorting Ruby from school.

Ruby Bridges is most widely known to  the first African American to attend an all white  elementary school. She was ironically born on September 8, 1954 – the same year the Supreme Court’s decision Brown vs. Board of Education, desegregated schools. African American children were forced to take  an especially harder test in order to enter these white schools. In 1960, Ruby found out that she was one of the only six African American students to pass the test and able to attend the William Frantz School. Ruby’s presence caused many white parents to remove their children from school in disgust, and there were riots almost every day of Ruby’s attendance there.

Despite the blatant racism she faced each day, people commented that Ruby never cried or whimpered; Charles Burks, one of her escorts, said, “she just marched along like a little soldier”. Her…

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“Witness To Change” Memoir Recounts Civil Rights Struggles Of New Orleans


Sybil Morial has written a memoir about growing up in segregated New Orleans. /Courtesy John F. Blair Sybil Morial has written a memoir about growing up in segregated New Orleans.
/Courtesy John F. Blair

If you’re from New Orleans, you’re probably familiar with the Morial family. Two of them have served as mayors of the city. But the story of Sybil Haydel Morial has not been fully told until now.

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“Passing” and the Color Line

This is a book review of Yecheilyah Ysrayl’s Stella series that delves into the issue of “passing” and the color line. After a comment on the post about Juanita Moore (the actress in the movie Imitation of Life), I thought some of you might be interested. Here’s the link:


Before Rosa Parks

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Yesterday, December 1st, marked the 60th anniversary of the arrest of Rosa Parks for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus. Did you know that she was not the first person arrested for this? In March, of 1955, a teenager named Claudette Colvin created a spark for the Civil Rights movement.


Colvin had to take the public bus to get to her high school. One day, on her way home, the bus driver told her to give up her seat for a white woman who was standing. Colvin refused, saying she didn’t feel like standing. The bus driver called the police who physically removed Colvin from the bus.

This incident earned her a place as a plaintiff in the the court case that would rule the segregation of buses as unconstitutional, Browder vs. Gayle. When the case went to the Supreme Court in 1956, Colvin…

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Roger Ebert’s Widow Chaz To Direct Emmett Till Biopic

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Chaz Ebert Source: Timothy Hiatt / Stringer / Getty
Roger Ebert?s widow Chaz Ebert will bring Emmett Till?s story to the big screen in the film-adaptation of Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America, a book penned by his mother Mamie Till-Mobley and journalist Christopher Benson.

Till was lynched in 1955 after allegedly whistling at a White woman. His death galvanized the Civil Rights movement.

“The full Emmett Till story needs to be told now and told well as a narrative for our times, given all that is happening on American streets today and Shatterglass Films are the people to tell it,” Ebert said.

Filming is slated to begin next year in Illinois and Mississippi.


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Little Known Black History Fact: Freedom Riders

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The Freedom Rides were part of a series of protests against the outlawed practice of bus segregation conducted primarily by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).

The first ride began on May 4, 1961, with a group of “Freedom Riders” leaving Washington, D.C. The Freedom Riders, a collective of Black and White civil rights activists combating Jim Crow laws, were met with persistent violence along their journery.

Even after the historic Morgan v. Virginia (1946) U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made segregating interstate travel illegal, The Deep South held fast to segregation. In 1960, the high court ruled in the Boynton v. Virginia case that segregation at bus stations was also illegal.

College students John Lewis and Bernard Lafayette, both defied the law ahead of the 1960 ruling. Lewis, now a Georgia congressman, later joined CORE’s “Freedom Ride” campaign. The Freedom Riders left D.C. en route to New Orleans for…

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