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It’s time to honor Ruby Bridges

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Do you know we have a legitimate American hero living amongst us?  Ruby Bridges is a historic figure who is only 58 years old today, but she was making history in our city – in our country – when she was only 6!

The reason I bring up Ruby Bridges is because she was mentioned during a sitcom last night on TV (The New Adventures of Old Christine; season 1, episode 6).  I thought to myself, “that’s New Orleans’ own Ruby Bridges, the first black student to integrate a school in the entire south!”  It happened right here in New Orleans in 1960.

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Ruby Bridges Hall speaking at Algiers Point temporary branch library, New Orleans. (21 September 2010, Photo by Infrogmation (talk) of New Orleans)

Last night, I was reading about Ruby Bridges and was amazed to learn that an elementary school in Alameda, California is named in her honor.   I was very proud to be a New Orleanian at that moment, and then a little shocked that a New Orleans elementary school isn’t named after her in her hometown.

We are presently in the middle of a nearly $2 billion school construction blitz in Orleans Parish.  Dozens and dozens of schools are being built.  It’s time to name an elementary school after a real, living American hero.  It’s time to name a school in honor of Ruby Bridges.