The World Learns A Lesson


Disney’s Ruby Bridges

Manufactured by Walt Disney Video, 2004

(Original release date – 1998)

UPC: 786936233797

Format: DVD; Closed-captioned; 90 min.

Not Rated

Brief Summary

Disney’s Ruby Bridges takes viewers into the life of 6 year old Ruby Bridges in New Orleans, LA during the Civil Rights Era. Ruby’s family agreed to allow her to be one of few African American girls who were chosen to integrate public schools in New Orleans in 1960. Disney’s retelling of the historic event sheds light on Ruby’s challenging childhood and how it impacted the world we live in today.

Review

Disney’s Ruby Bridges is a great film adaptation that I really enjoyed watching. The actors and actresses did a great job presenting the material. The problematic issues and concerns of the Civil Rights Era can be easily be understood by young audiences that view the film. It also provides more information than a companion informational text The Story of Ruby Bridges. Ruby’s heartwarming story ignited a passion within me to continuously seek out my purpose in life in an effort to make sure I somehow impact the world. I give Disney’s Ruby Bridges 💼💼💼💼💼.

Strengths

  • recaps the main character’s historical events well
  • funny, heartwarming, and enjoyable despite the difficult subject matter
  • appropriate length to retain viewer’s attention

Weaknesses

  • fails give a wealth of background information about desegregation in whole country

Uses

Disney’s Ruby Bridges can be used alongside a social studies unit for upper elementary students, although I’ve read reviews of it being used in grades as low as first. The unit will focus on the Civil Rights Era, more specifically, the desegregation of public schools in the United States. As students learn about landmark cases like Brown v. Board of Education, they will be able to study historical figures such as Ruby Bridges. During this study, students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of CCSS by comparing Disney’s Ruby Bridges to The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles.

Awards

  • Nominated for an NAACP Image Award
  • Screened in The White House
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