Civil Rights Heroine Ruby Bridges Now Walks in the Bronx

Ruby Walks in Hunts Point

*Below is an excerpt of a story I wrote for The Hunts Point Express, a Bronx-based newspaper. You can read the full story by clicking on the link at the end.*

Pedestrians on Hunts Point Avenue next to Bruckner Boulevard can now walk with a civil rights heroine by their side.

A multi-paneled mural depicting six-year-old Ruby Bridges’ historic walk to school in 1960 now adorns the wall of a bridge that crosses over the railroad tracks.  Bridges was the first black student allowed into an all-white school in New Orleans that year.

The mural is based on Norman Rockwell’s famous 1964 painting “The Problem We All Live With” which shows Ruby in a cute white dress and braided pigtails, being escorted to school by four federal marshals. The mural, however, shows Ruby walking alone.

“Someone has walked before you, and someone is walking with you. You’re not doing this by yourself,” said artist Sharon De La Cruz, who created the mural. -

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One Response to “Civil Rights Heroine Ruby Bridges Now Walks in the Bronx”

  1. @AbbanBudu says:

    Wow, I can’t wait to read the whole story …
    We’ve really come far. But more work needs to be done on civil rights …
    You do great Rox …

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