Segments in this Video

1st Day of School (01:54)


Ruby Bridges Hall recalls Federal Marshals escorting her to a new school and sitting in the office all day because of the pandemonium.

One-on-One Learning (01:25)

Ruby Bridges Hall recalls Federal Marshals escorting her to an empty classroom. The school was boycotted for over a year; Hall attended school every day.

Facing a Crowd (01:13)

Ruby Bridges Hall discusses saying prayers when she was surrounded by a mob and afraid.

Paying the Price for Education (01:43)

Ruby Bridges Hall reflects on integration; white families crossing a picket line; and the effect on her family.

Lessons from Adversity (02:17)

Ruby Bridges Hall discusses the three things that sustained her during school integration, the impact it had on her life, and education problems.

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A Class of One: An Interview with Ruby Bridges

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In 1960, 6-year-old Ruby Bridges became the first African American child to desegregate an elementary school. Thirty-seven years later, Ruby Bridges Hall discusses her memories of the first day she entered her new school in New Orleans; her first year when she was in a class of one, and her efforts to improve education. She spoke with PBS NewsHour correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault in this 1997 interview. Original broadcast date: February 18, 1997 (9 minutes)

Length: 9 minutes

Item#: BVL57884

Copyright date: ©1997

Closed Captioned

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