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Civil rights icon Ruby Bridges to talk at Syracuse College MLK celebration – syracuse.com

Syracuse, N.Y. – Ruby Bridges, one of the first African-American students to attend an all-white school in the South, will speak at Syracuse University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration 7 p.m. Jan. 31.

In 1960 when she was 6 years old, Bridges was escorted past angry crowds that gathered daily near the steps of William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans. The image of federal marshals walking Bridges to class became part of the iconic “The Problem We All Live With” painting by artist Norman Rockwell. Despite the angry mobs and threats, Bridges refused to miss a single day of school.

Bridges is a civil right activist, author and speaker.

The 2021 MLK celebration will be held online because of the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition to the keynote address by Bridges, the event will feature community and student performances.

Registration for the 2021 MLK Celebration and all pre-celebration programs is free and open to all.

James T. Mulder covers health and higher education. Have a news tip? Contact him at (315) 470-2245 or jmulder@syracuse.com

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