Harding to present Ruby Bridges

Harding University’s American Studies Institute will conclude its Distinguished Lecture Series on at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, in Benson Auditorium with a presentation by author and civil rights activist Ruby Bridges.

Bridges was one of the first black children to integrate the New Orleans public school system in 1960. She is the inspiration behind Norman Rockwell’s painting, “The Problem We All Live With;” the book, “The Story of Ruby Bridges” by Robert Cole; and the Disney movie “Ruby Bridges.” In 1998, Bridges published her award-winning children’s book, “Through My Eyes,” detailing her childhood experience.

Bridges is the recipient of several awards, including the NAACP Martin Luther King award and the Presidential Citizens Medal presented by President Bill Clinton. Bridges is also a member of the board of directors for the Norman Rockwell Museum.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the American Studies Institute at 501.279.4497. For other Harding events, visit harding.edu/calendar.