In 1960, Ruby Bridges was the first Black child to integrate into an all-white school in New Orleans. Since then, this momentous event in history has inspired generations as the fight to end systemic racism is more important than ever. In This Is Your Time, Ruby herself recounts her experience and encourages readers to enact change today. A remarkable call-to-action and essential read for Americans of all ages.
Written as a letter from civil rights activist and icon Ruby Bridges to the reader, This Is Your Time is both a recounting of Ruby’s experience as a child who had to be escorted to class by federal marshals when she was chosen to be one of the first black students to integrate into New Orleans’ all-white public school system and an appeal to generations to come to effect change.
This beautifully designed volume features photographs from the 1960s and from today, as well as stunning jacket art from The Problem We All Live With, the 1964 painting by Norman Rockwell depicting Ruby’s walk to school.
Ruby’s honest and impassioned words, imbued with love and grace, serve as a moving reminder that “what can inspire tomorrow often lies in our past.” This Is Your Time will electrify people of all ages as the struggle for liberty and justice for all continues and the powerful legacy of Ruby Bridges endures.
About the Author
This Is Your Time is her first book in over twenty years, following the publication of her award-winning autobiography Through My Eyes.