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The Ruby Bridges Literacy Academy is an initiative in tribute to Ruby Nell Bridges, who at the age of six, was the youngest of a group of Black students to integrate schools in the segregated U.S. south. 

Ruby Nell integrated the 1st grade at William Frantz Elementary in New Orleans, La on November 14th, 1960. She was making history at a crucial point in her reading development. We want to show her our appreciation for her perseverance and use her living example to inspire Young Black Girls to love and appreciate the gift of reading. 


#TheRBLA functions as a book club, mentor program, and the opportunity to give back.  Our older participants are asked to serve as mentors to younger RubyReaders (4-12) by reading with them and earning community service hours in a truly meaningful way.


Participants will advance their reading skills and grow in their cultural awareness by using materials written, illustrated, and dedicated to Black Girls. We utilize the local library system to highlight this still valuable community resource to this generation of readers. 


Snacks, and books are provided ALL FREE!

ALL girls ages 0-21 are welcome

                                                                             (under 4 w/ an adult)


Due to COVID-19, all RBLA Dates have been postponed. To make sure our #RubyReaders are still staying active you can request a FREE book to be mailed to you by emailing:



attn: RBLA Request 


Support us by
Donating a book to our BGM library!

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