Thanks to John Schu's wonderful Book Calendar, I now know that September 8 is Ruby Bridges' birthday.
Her story inspired me to begin my own novel.
She spoke to the student body at Kent Place School in Summit, NJ, where I worked at the time. As I walked back to the library with a group of fifth graders, they were astounded. And in awe. And surprised by all she said.
Ruby Bridges was the first African American child to integrate the public schools in New Orleans.
Many knew I'd grown up in the South. A few asked if I had any of the same experiences.
But I did have other memories.
That night I started scribbling some of my memories.
Almost ten years later, my book, GLORY BE, was sold.
That's a long journey!
But what a great inspiration. Thank you and happy birthday, Ruby Bridges.