We here at OutlooK-12 celebrate diversity and believe that exposure to other cultures is an enriching experience. Because of this, we are featuring a special “School Library” section this month with selected titles from a list of must-have multicultural books for children and preteens. Originally compiled by the Cooperative Children's Book Center, the School of Education and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the full list is available on the National Education Association’s website and can be viewed at http://www.nea.org/grants/50-multicultural-books.html.
“Through My Eyes” by Ruby Bridges
On November 14, 1960, a tiny, six-year-old black child, surrounded by federal marshals, walked through a mob of screaming segregationists and into her school. The next day, Ruby courageously walked through the angry mob once again and into a school where, this time, she saw no other students. The white children did not go to school that day, and they wouldn't go to school for many days to come. Surrounded by ra-cial turmoil, Ruby, the only student in a classroom headed by one wonderful teacher, learned to read and add. This is the story of a pivotal event in history related here as Ruby Bridges saw it unfold around her.