Saturday, January 17, 2015

Ruby Bridges and Martin Luther King Jr's Legacy

Tomorrow is our annual celebration of the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. During worship we will hear from children at our church about their dreams.

There will be children's books on the subject of MLK JR and the Civil rights movement located around the back of the Great Hall. And there will be ACTIVITY bags for children who would like them during the service.

One book I only recently found is about the incredible story of 6 -year-old Ruby Bridges and her experiences as the only Black child attending a school forced to desegregate in New Orleans in 1960. The Story of Ruby Bridges, by Robert Coles will also be in the back of the Great Hall.

Watch this video interview with the author that has actual clips of Ruby Bridges attending school. It's sobering and sad to see what white adults are saying and doing. Yet, her response is to pray for them, because, she says, "they know not what they do."

Her strength to stand tall in the face of violence and taunting at SIX YEARS OLD came from her family and HER CHURCH. It gives me pause to think, could we do the same? As a church? As a family?

Here is Ruby Bridges speaking about her experience.