Ruby Bridges (film)

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Ruby Bridges
Written byToni Ann Johnson
Directed byEuzhan Palcy
StarringChaz Monet
Penelope Ann Miller
Kevin Pollak
Michael Beach
Music byPatrice Rushen
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducersAnn Hopkins
Euzhan Palcy (co-producer)
CinematographyJohn Simmons
EditorPaul LaMastra
Running time96 min.
Production companiesMarian Rees Associates
Walt Disney Television
Original networkABC
Original releaseJanuary 18, 1998 (1998-01-18)

Ruby Bridges is a 1998 television film, written by Toni Ann Johnson, directed by Euzhan Palcy and based on the true story of Ruby Bridges, one of the first black students 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. It is currently available for streaming on Disney+.


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