• Ruby Bridges Reading Festival

    May 20th, 2017
    10:00am - 3:00pm
    Museum Courtyard

    The National Civil Rights Museum is proud to partner with civil rights activist Ruby Bridges to present the Ruby Bridges Reading Festival on Saturday, May 20, from 10:00am to 3:00pm. 

    At six years old, Ruby Bridges was the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in Louisiana in 1960 when her parents responded to a request by the NAACP to help integrate the New Orleans school system.The Ruby Bridges Reading Festival celebrates Bridges' legacy of passionately advocating for equal rights, education and tolerance by bringing together families across racial, economic and educational backgrounds around reading.

    Each child in grades pre-kindergarten through high school at the Festival not only has a chance to receive free books, but can also enjoy storytelling and entertainment.  The event will feature fun activities including face painting, balloon animals, dance and musical performances and food truck treats. The event is free and open to the public.

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