1998. USA. Euzhan Palcy. 90 min.
Saturday, May 21, 2011, 1:30 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
1998. USA. Directed by Euzhan Palcy. Screenplay by Toni Ann Johnson. With Chaz Monet, Penelope Ann Miller, Michael Beach. In November 1960, six-year-old Ruby Bridges courageously became the standard bearer for school integration in the United States. Ruby is unwelcome at the William Frantz Elementary School in a white New Orleans neighborhood. Mothers pull their children out of school and when Ruby arrives all fresh and ready to learn, she finds she is the only student in the classroom. Not only does Ruby face the racism of the white community, she and her family become the victims of suspicion in their own neighborhood. Bridges, whose historic walk to school was captured in Norman Rockwell's iconic 1964 painting The Problem We All Live With, is alive and well and living in New Orleans today. 90 min.