Disney presents this live-action film starring Kevin Pollak and Penelope Ann Miller. When six-year-old Ruby is chosen to be the first African American to integrate her local New Orleans elementary school in the 1960s, she is subjected to the true ugliness of racism for the first time. With the guidance and love of her mother, Ruby struggles for a better education. Adapted from the book by Robert Coles, child psychiatrist, Harvard professor, and Pulitzer Prize winning author. He was witness to Ruby’s struggles and is played by Kevin Pollack.
Credit: Directed by Euzhan Palcy, written by Toni Ann Johnson. Distributed by Buena Vista, 1997. 90 min.
Grade Level: 2-4, 5-6, 7-9, 10-12
Time Period: 1950 -1974