This weekend, Selena Gomez used her Instagram as a training tool. The girl told her followers a story of Ruby Bridges.
At six years old, Bridges was the first black child to attend a school for whites in the southern United States in 1960. Every day when Ruby went to school, a woman threatened to poison her, and in the dining room she was allowed to eat only food taken from home. On her mother’s advice, Ruby prayed every day on the way to school to protect herself from being shouted at. This story is one of the defining moments of the civil rights movement.
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Hello I’m Ruby Bridges. In 1960 I was the first Black child to integrate an all-White elementary school, William Frantz Elementary, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Over the years I have dedicated my life to promoting tolerance and unity. During this Civil Unrest, it’s crucial we stand united to protect Black & Brown lives! We thank our sister Selena for allowing me to tell my story and bring more awareness to the importance of this moment, on this amazing platform!⠀ ⠀ — Ruby Bridges (@rubybridgesofficial)
Bridges shared footage from the film adaptation of “Children watched,” a documentary about her experience at William Frantz elementary school in New Orleans and the struggle for school integration, as well as images of the protests.
“I want you to remember that this is our common history. This is your legacy”,
– she said in a video showing the documentary footage.
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This footage hasn’t been seen before now. It will show the courage that our Black & Brown Families had during the Civil Rights Movement of 1960! I also wanted to highlight a story that’s connected to my story. I felt like it was important to show our Brown brothers and sisters that they were also involved in the Civil Rights Movement, especially that day when I entered the school. You will see footage that highlights the courageous Gabriel family and moments around Daisy Gabriel, a mother who was trying to bring her daughter to school the day that I integrated the school. It is such a heart wrenching video to see the sacrifices she had to make trying to bring her daughter to school that day as well. It was important to me to show her story to the world. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ It’s your legacy too!⠀ ⠀ ⠀ United We Must Continue Stand! ⠀ To see the documentary, “The Children Were Watching”, in its entirety, please click the link in my bio @RubyBridgesOfficial. Special Thxs to Drew Associates for providing the Amazing Footage, @brnctt @leovolcy for their editing expertise and our Sister in the Struggle … SELENA🙏🏽⠀ ⠀ — Ruby Bridges (@rubybridgesofficial)
Selena Gomez, who has 180 million followers on Twitter, has done a remarkable job of educating her fans about the history of black people. We are proud of it!