Ruby Bridges promotes reading at Civil Rights Museum - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Ruby Bridges promotes reading at Civil Rights Museum

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Civil Rights Activist Ruby Bridges brought her Reading Festival to Memphis.

Bridges was at the National Civil Rights Museum on Saturday to promote reading.

At just six-years-old, Bridges was the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in Louisiana.

After receiving the museum’s freedom award in 2015, Bridges said she wanted to return to Memphis to promote literacy and equal opportunity.

“I just want to say thank you to Memphis,” Bridges said. “They've embraced me and my story, as you can see all of the families behind me. So it's an amazing event, amazing turnout."

Bridges signed autographs and gave away 13,000 books.

Kathy Bates, an actress and Memphis native, is a longtime friend of bridges and was also a part of the event.

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