Disney presents the inspiring true story of one little girl whose strength and dignity during the racially charged 1960s helped change history! When bright six-year-old Ruby is chosen to be the first African-American student to integrate her local New Orleans elementary school, she is subjected to the true ugliness of racism for the very first time. But guided by the love of her mother (Lela Rochon) and father (Michael Beach), Ruby's heroic struggle for a better education becomes a lesson for us all.
An acclaimed and entertaining motion picture also starring Penelope Ann Miller and Kevin Pollak-- you'll want to share this remarkable story of courage and pride with your family!
For several stories for young readers about Ruby Bridges' inspirational story, visit our Ruby Bridges Collection.
This 89-minute film offers surprisingly complex portraits of many of the adult characters and an admirably frank look at the less-than-positive reaction from her own community. Even her father (Michael Beach) waivers in resolution, especially when his white boss fires him. Superior acting, writing, and production mark this look at one of the uglier periods in American social history and the little girl who helped the country take a giant step in the right direction. Somewhat scary situations and use of racial slurs make parental guidance advisable for young children. -- Kimberly Heinrichs