Ruby Bridges visits hometown  to support child literacy effort

Photo provided by Wilson Charter School -- Andrew H. Wilson Charter School students, from left, Janae Robiho, Jaron Robiho, and Arlene MacDonald with with Ruby Bridges at the recent New Orleans Book Festival at the Latter Library.
Photo provided by Wilson Charter School -- Andrew H. Wilson Charter School students, from left, Janae Robiho, Jaron Robiho, and Arlene MacDonald with with Ruby Bridges at the recent New Orleans Book Festival at the Latter Library.

Literacy activist Ruby Bridges, a native of New Orleans who gained fame at age 6 when she integrated the New Orleans public schools, was in town recently for one of her pet projects: the New Orleans Children’s Book Festival.

Families gathered on the lawn at the Latter Branch Library on St. Charles Avenue for the event, which featured puppet shows, face painting, music, food and children’s authors reading form their books. Thousands of books were given to the children who attended.

Bridges’ pioneering steps were immortalized by the painter Norman Rockwell as she walked into William Frantz Elementary School in the 9th Ward, flanked by two state marshals.