Last night at an NYU Veritas Forum I had the privilege of interviewing Ruby Bridges, who as a six-year-old first-grader was chosen to integrate the public schools of New Orleans. Her mother told her to pray for the people who were jeering and taunting her every morning, which she did. (Click here for NYU News article.)
At one point some people brought a small coffin with a black doll inside to these daily protests, which eventually gave Ruby nightmares. Her parents assented to her meeting with the Harvard psychiatrist Robert Coles, who helped her and who continued to meet with her for three years and who wrote about it in Finding God at Harvard. The iconic Norman Rockwell painting that depicts Ruby being escorted to school by Federal Marshalls today hangs in the White House, just outside the Oval Office.