FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2000, file photo, Ruby Bridges, who was the first black child to attend the all-white William Frantz Public School in New Orleans, leans against a doorway in New York. Ruby Bridges will be one of the presenting authors at this weekend’s New Orleans Children’s Book Festival, an event Bridges helped launch in 2010. (AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett, file)
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ruby Bridges remembers how excited she was when an anonymous donor sent Dr. Seuss books to her New Orleans home in 1960, the year she ended segregation in local public education by enrolling at a previously all-white elementary school.
The civil rights icon says the books were a bright spot during the time she entered the William Frantz Elementary School at the age of 6. They were pivotal not only to her passion for reading, but also to her later work to get books to as many schoolchildren as possible.
Bridges will be furthering that mission Friday and Saturday at the New Orleans Children's Book Festival, an event she launched with Mayor Mitch Landrieu's wife, Cheryl Landrieu, in 2010.
Free books will be distributed and Bridges and others will read.