‘The Problem We All Live With’: Ruby Bridges on Racism in America Today

The 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education wasn’t the end of school segregation in the U.S. – it was the beginning of yet another fight.

Six years later, after a court order and with an escort of four armed U.S. Marshals, Ruby Bridges became the first black student to attend William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans.

That moment was immortalized in Norman Rockwell’s painting “The Problem We All Live With.” Now, Bridges works to educate young people about the problem of racism we still live with.

Bridges joins Brandis Friedman for a conversation about today’s polarized country and the persistent problem of racism. Bridges in town for One Hope United’s Hope in Action gala Friday, where Friedman will interview her in depth about her life and work.

In 2016, Ruby Bridges joined Chicago Tonight to discuss her memories of desegregating her elementary school. You can watch that interview here.

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