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Ruby Bridges

I watched a Disney movie from 1998 that I didn't even know had been made about a little girl named Ruby Bridges who was one of the first little African American girls to integrate a school in New Orleans in 1960. I think it was a made-for-TV movie that I got from Netflix, but it was very well done. I don't know about you, but I've read stories like hers many times in history class, but seeing what she must have endured on screen was powerful. Men and women screaming and threatening a little 6 year old on her way to school, surrounded by U.S. Marshalls.

A sympathetic child psychologist plays a large part in this movie. Since his specialty is helpling children cope with stress and crises, he's particularly interested in talking to Ruby and offers his services for free. After numerous meetings with her, he just can't figure out why she's not more affected by the daily onslaught at school. One day, she turns around and looks at the crowd, something she has been told not to do. The psychologist sees her lips moving and wonders if finally she's beginning to stand up for herself. When he asks her about it, she says that she was praying for them, just like Jesus did for his enemies so long ago.

"Ruby Bridges" looked favorably on real Christian faith and the gospel that transcends all skin colors, that will bring a multitude of people to Christ from every tribe, tongue, and nation.


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