Monday, June 11, 2007
Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges
Through My Eyes is a book by Ruby Bridges about her experiences integrating an all white elementary school in New Orleans in 1960. Ruby entered the first grade and was the only African American student to integrate that school. This book is filled with very powerful photographs of the protesters she encountered each day. Ruby does an excellent job relaying her thoughts during that time. She tells her story simply, but the photographs speak volumes.
My first reaction to this book was one of sadness. I felt very sad for Ruby and her family because of the ignorance of the segregationists. Mean, hurtful, and dangerous things were said and demonstrated that will leave lasting memories to Ruby and her family. The story of Ruby's courage and determination did leave me feeling hopeful that one day our country will be united in educating our youth, without judging them based on their race.
I have viewed the movie about Ruby Bridges that Disney made and found it to also leave me with similar feelings. Other books that I have read that make excellent connections to this deal with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960's.
I would recommend this book to others because it has a very powerful message. Believing in yourself and taking a stand are things that we must teach our students in the complicated world we live in. Reading the story of a little girl who had faith, courage, and determination in spite of all odds gives us hope.