This one really needs no introduction, but Ruby Bridges took over Selena Gomez's Instagram for Black Lives Matter. This is probably my favorite takeover in this entire series because Bridges experienced this first hand during the Civil Rights era.
She was the first Black student to attend an all-white elementary school, and she has dedicated her entire life to fighting this battle.
During her takeover, Bridges shared footage from when she integrated into the all-white elementary school. This footage had never been seen before it was released as a part of a documentary and highlighted the racism that was going on all around Bridges as she integrated into her school.
This one really got to me. I'm a teacher, and I teach in a school that is predominantly made up of Black and brown students. I can't imagine standing up in front of my class every day and teaching anyone other than these incredible and wonderful human beings. To think that in 1960 I wouldn't have even been allowed to teach them is a scary thought, but what's even scarier is that my students haven't been afforded the same rights I have been given just because of their skin color.
Everyone talks about Bridges like it was "so long ago" just because we learn about it in our K-12 history classes, but it really wasn't that long ago. Bridges is still alive. In fact, she is only 65 years old. We shouldn't dismiss this as history that is done and over with just because it's in a textbook. Let that sink in: someone we refer to as "a part of history" isn't just some dead guy who lived 100 years ago.
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