Vino & Libri
Infinity Park Event Center
6:00 - 9:00pm
Join us at Vino & Libri on April 25th, 2019 at Infinity Park Event Center in Denver!
Celebrate the power of literacy and enjoy an extraordinary evening featuring our signature Books & Bounty, the Mystery Wine Wall, and hear from the amazing philanthropist, activist, and author Ruby Bridges!
About Ruby Bridges
History was made on November 14, 1960 when six-year old Ruby Bridges became the first African-American child to enroll in the all-white William Frantz Elementary School. She walked up the stairs and entered the building alone flanked by four Federal Marshals. This dramatic image was memorialized in a painting by Norman Rockwell entitled “The Problem We All Live With,” and Ruby Bridges has become one of the most enduring symbols of the fight for civil rights and for integrated and equal education for all children in particular.
In the past 20 years Ruby has traveled around the country to speak to thousands of school children and educators. Ruby is determined to continue to bring the message of unity and equality because there is so much work to be done. She says, “Racism is a grown-up disease; let’s stop using kids to spread it.”
One of her first projects was to save her old school from the wrecking ball. Long abandoned and in unusable condition, the school needed several million dollars and a vision to rescue and restore it. Ruby worked for years to get the William Frantz Elementary School added to the National Register of Historic Places. In 2005 this came to fruition.
When Katrina hit that same year and devastated the City of New Orleans, the school was automatically eligible for about $25 million in FEMA funding. This allowed the complete renovation of the school, which reopened in 2013.
Ruby also established a program called Ruby’s Bridges, which connected students, parents, and educators from different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Ruby believes if we are to get past our racial differences it is going to come through our children and by providing opportunities for them to get to know each other. One of the strategies of Ruby’s Bridges was to involve students in service learning projects that foster a sense of community and personal responsibility. From planting trees and caring for the environment at state parks, cleaning up beaches, to working with others in need, the program has provided students with the chance to collaborate on meaningful causes with children of diverse backgrounds.
One of the world’s largest children’s museums, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, has focused on the importance of Ruby’s story and it is included in a permanent exhibition “The Power of Children.” This exhibition takes visitors on a journey through the lives of three children who faced profound trials and adversity and emerged as heroes of the 20th century – Ruby Bridges, Anne Frank, and Ryan White.
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