Heard on Campus: Ruby Bridges at the MLK Evening Celebration

January 24, 2013

"It is so important that we come together to get past racial differences, for our kids. None of us have the luxury of looking at a person and judging them by the color of their skin, or what they have or don't have. When we do that today, when you open your door and let your child out into the world, you are doing them a disservice. You are setting them up... Adults have kept racism alive and that has got to stop. We have got to come together for our children."

-- Civil rights pioneer Ruby Bridges, speaking Wednesday (Jan. 23) at the Martin Luther King Jr. Evening Celebration in Schwab Auditorium at Penn State's University Park campus. At age 6 in 1960, Bridges became the first black student to attend William Frantz Public School in New Orleans. Her march into the school came at a cost. She and her family were subjected to intimidation, her father lost his job and angry parents pulled their children from the school. But it became a landmark moment in civil rights history. For more on Bridges and the 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration at University Park, go to http://live.psu.edu/story/63463.

  • Ruby Bridges speaks at Schwab Auditorium

    IMAGE: Geoff Rushton
Last Updated January 24, 2013