- Ruby Bridges (film)
name = Ruby Bridges
writer = Toni Ann Johnson
starring = Chaz Monet
Penelope Ann Miller Kevin Pollak
January 18, 1998
"Ruby Bridges" is a 1998 made-for-television movie about the true story of the first black student to attend integrated schools in
New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1960. As a six-year old, Ruby Bridgeswas one of six black kindergarteners, selected on the basis of test scores, to attend previously all-white public schools in New Orleans.
Though somewhat formulaic, the movie is a representation of what was a difficult part of New Orleans' history, and is representative of what the southern United States was undergoing during this era.
The film was nominated for several awards, including an NAACP Image award. The writer, Toni Ann Johnson, won the 1998 Humanitas Prize for her teleplay. The film also won The Christopher Award.
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