Inspired by the recent wave of activism led by young people fighting for racial justice, civil rights icon Ruby Bridges-who, at the age of six, was the first black child to integrate an all-white elementary school in New Orleans-shares her story and offers a powerful call to action with this elegant gift book.
Written as a letter from civil rights activist and icon Ruby Bridges to the reader, This Is Your Time is both a recounting of Ruby's experience as a child who had no choice but to be escorted to class by federal marshals when she was chosen as one of the first black students to integrate New Orleans' all-white public school system and an appeal to generations to come to effect change.
This beautifully designed volume features historical photographs from the 1960s and from today, as well as stunning jacket art from The Problem We All Live With, the 1964 painting by Norman Rockwell of Ruby's walk to school. Ruby's honest and impassioned words, imbued with love and grace, serve as a moving reminder that "what can inspire tomorrow often lies in our past." This Is Your Time will electrify people of all ages as the struggle for liberty and justice for all continues, and the powerful legacy of Ruby Bridges endures.
Hardcover, 64 pages. Recommended ages 10 and up, middle grades.
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