A couple of weeks back, we marked the 60th anniversary of the day that a six-year-old Ruby Bridges walked up the stairs of William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, thus becoming the first Black child to ever attend that school. Just imagine what might have been running through her mind – not to mention the minds of her family – as she took those steps. In the days and months that followed her father was fired, her family was threatened with death, Ruby got dolls with faces painted black and with knives through the heart. Her walk for justice was not one day, but a lifetime. Here is what Ruby Nell Bridges Hall had to say recently about racial justice:
“Racism is something that we as adults have kept alive. We pass it on to our kids. None of our kids come into the world knowing anything about disliking one another.”
This week, think about the strength, courage and faith it must have taken for Ruby and her family to take that walk. What might you do today to make another’s walk just a bit easier?