- In 1999, Bridges formed the Ruby Bridges Foundation, headquartered in New Orleans. The foundation promotes the values of tolerance, respect, and appreciation of all differences. Through education and inspiration the foundation seeks to end racism and prejudice.
- Ruby receives the Presidental Citizens Medal in 2001.
- Ruby writes a book called "Through My Eyes."
- Ruby Bridges was 6 when she became the first African-American child to integrate a white Southern Elemntary School.
- Ruby was one of six black children in New Orleans to pass the test that determined whether they could go to an all-white school.
"Don't follow the path go where there is no path and start a trail." -Ruby Bridges
- Ruby Bridges was born on September 8, 1954 in Tylertown, Mississippi. When she was 4 years old, her parents and her moved to New Orleans hoping for a better life in a big city. She currently resides in New Orleans and is 62 years old.
"My message is really that racism has no place in the hearts and minds of our children." -Ruby Bridges