Linda L. Ruffolo
Young Heroes of Conscience Series
April 19 - 21, 2024
Written & Directed by Gregory Stieber
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Since 2014, Youtheatre has shone a light on young people making a difference with our Linda L. Ruffolo Young Heroes of Conscience Series. To celebrate the series 10th Anniversary, we revisit a past hero whose story seems all too relevant today. Ruby Bridges was born in 1954, the same year Brown v. Board of Education ordered schools to integrate with “all deliberate speed.” Six years later, as immortalized by the famous Norman Rockwell painting, Ruby became the face of integration when she enrolled in the all-white William Frantz Elementary School. Her story shows one little girl’s unbeatable courage in the face of adversity, helping lead the Civil Rights movement up the front steps and into America’s classrooms.