Ruby Bridges, born on September 8, 1954, is an American civil rights activist who became an icon of the Civil Rights Movement at the young age of six. In 1960, she became the first African-American child to desegregate an all-white elementary school in the South.
Her enrollment marked a significant moment in the fight against racial discrimination in schools.
Ruby Bridges contribution played a crucial role in breaking down racial barriers in education and developing a more equitable society.
Throughout her life, Ruby Bridges has shared her wisdom and experiences through her powerful words. Here are 35 inspiring Ruby Bridges quotes that will uplift and motivate you:
Ruby Bridges Quotes
“My mother had taught me that the only thing you could depend on was your faith, and I had that.” -Ruby Bridges.
“I now know that experience comes to us for a purpose, and if we follow the guidance of the spirit within us, we will probably find that the purpose is a good one.” -Ruby Bridges.
“God makes each of us unique in ways that go much deeper.” -Ruby Bridges.
“I believe that we have to come together, and we have to rely on the goodness of each other.” -Ruby Bridges.
“Racism is a grown-up disease, and we should stop using our kids to spread it.” -Ruby Bridges.
“You cannot look at a person and tell whether they’re good or bad.” -Ruby Bridges.
“Racism is a form of hate. We pass it on to our young people. When we do that, we are robbing children of their innocence.” -Ruby Bridges.
“I believe it doesn’t do yourself any good to hate.” -Ruby Bridges.
“A lot of my strength came from my upbringing.” -Ruby Bridges.
“The problem with adults is that they forget they were once children too.” -Ruby Bridges.
“History definitely should be taught the way it happened—good, bad or ugly.” -Ruby Bridges.
“I had never seen a white teacher before, but Mrs. Henry was the nicest teacher I ever had.” -Ruby Bridges.
“The person that impacted my life the most would have to have been my father because he shaped me into who I am today.” -Ruby Bridges.
“Don’t follow the path. Go where there is no path and begin the trail. When you start a new trail equipped with courage, strength and conviction, the only thing that can stop you is you!” -Ruby Bridges.
“Once my school was integrated, and I was there with white kids and a few black kids, it really didn’t matter to us what we looked like.” -Ruby Bridges.
“I do think that some people are born as old souls.” -Ruby Bridges.
“We all have a common enemy, and it is evil.” -Ruby Bridges.
“I believe in my prayers.” -Ruby Bridges.
“We have tolerance, respect, and equality in our written laws but not in the hearts of some of our people.” -Ruby Bridges.
“I want to inspire kids.” -Ruby Bridges.
“Kids come into the world with clean hearts, fresh starts.” -Ruby Bridges.
“I pray for my enemies, that God would forgive them.” -Ruby Bridges.
“Evil looks like you and I. I know what evil looks like, and I know that it comes in all shades and colors.” -Ruby Bridges.
“From age 7 to about 37, I had a normal life and not a very easy one.” -Ruby Bridges.
“Now that I’m a parent, I know that my parents were incredibly brave.” -Ruby Bridges.
“The people I passed every morning as I walked up the school’s steps were full of hate. They were white, but so was my teacher, who couldn’t have been more different from them.” -Ruby Bridges.
“Never judge people by the color of their skin.” -Ruby Bridges.
“If kids have the opportunity to come together to get to know one another, they can judge for themselves who they want their friends to be. All children should have that choice. We, as adults, shouldn’t make those choices for children. That’s how racism starts.” -Ruby Bridges.
“I wanted to use my experience to teach kids that racism has no place in hearts and minds.” -Ruby Bridges.
“It looked like diamonds, rubies, emeralds; he could think of nothing beautiful which it did not resemble.” -Ruby Bridges.
“I’ve seen schools in Detroit where the windows are broken, where there’s no heat, and children are sitting with their coats on in class in the middle of a snowstorm. I’ve also seen schools in California with Olympic-sized swimming pools and cafeterias like five-star restaurants.” -Ruby Bridges.
“Please God, forgive these people because even if they say those mean things they don’t know what they’re doing.” -Ruby Bridges.
“Schools should be diverse if we are to get past racial differences.” -Ruby Bridges.
“The only bad thing about burning your bridges behind you is that the world is round.” -Ruby Bridges.
“I like to share my story with children, and they are amazed by the story.” -Ruby Bridges.
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