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.
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.