Spring Convocation featuring Civil Rights Icon Ruby Bridges


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Huff Concert Hall
Reeves Fine Arts Building


Jonathan McCorey
(910) 630-7458


Six years after Brown v. Board of Education had mandated school desegregation, Ruby Bridges would become the first African-American child to break the school color barrier in the South. Accompanied by her mother and four federal marshals, she made her way up the steps of New Orleans’ William Franz Elementary School to pave the way for lasting change and become an icon of the civil rights movement.

Bridges, now 64 and the mother of four, will deliver this year’s Spring Convocation address to the student body at Methodist University. The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Feb. 11 in Huff Concert Hall in the Reeves Fine Arts Complex.

Convocation is open to students, faculty, staff, and presidential guests only.

The use of any recording devices, including, but not limited to, cellphones, video cameras, or digital recorders is not permitted during Ms. Bridges’ speech.

Ruby Bridges historical photograph

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