Ruby Bridges (film)

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Ruby Bridges
Genre Drama
Written by Toni Ann Johnson
Directed by Euzhan Palcy
Starring Chaz Monet
Penelope Ann Miller
Kevin Pollak
Michael Beach
Music by Patrice Rushen
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Producer(s) Anne Hopkins
Euzhan Palcy (co-producer)
Cinematography John Simmons
Editor(s) Paul LaMastra
Running time 96 min.
Production company(s) Marian Rees Associates
Walt Disney Television
Distributor ABC
Release
Original network ABC
Original release January 18, 1998

Ruby Bridges is a 1998 television film, written by Toni Ann Johnson and based on the true story of Ruby Bridges, the first black student to attend integrated schools in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1960. As a six-year-old, Bridges was one of four black first-graders, selected on the basis of test scores, to attend previously all-white public schools in New Orleans. Three students were sent to McDonogh 19, and Ruby was the only black child to be sent to William Frantz Public School.

The film was nominated for several awards, including an NAACP Image award. The writer, Toni Ann Johnson, won the 1998 Humanitas Prize for her teleplay. The film also won The Christopher Award.

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