Ruby Bridges & a wonderful Louisiana writing community supporting diversity

Ruby Bridges & a wonderful Louisiana writing community supporting diversity

New orleans Ruby Bridges 6 year oldOn Nov. 14, 1960, Ruby Bridges —  a courageous 6 year old girl-  became the first black student to attend an all-white elementary school – she  had to be guarded, there were demonstrations…. but it was the first step ending segregation in schools.

How lucky am I that SCBWI author Denise Walter McConduit who is a friend of Ruby , shared stories of Ruby and took me to see   – Ruby’s school.

William Ruby Bridge's Frantz Elementary SchoolNew Orleans Denise Walter McConduit and Susanne Gervay in New OrleansLove the community of children’s book writers and illustrators -SCBWI – and their diversity and inclusion.

We had a fantastic party in The French Quarter – special thankyou to the hostesses with the mostesses – Kathy Schenk and head of SCBWI Louisiana Cheryl Mathis.

I'm a writer committed to kids in particular. Adults are good too. Want to bring hope through story to my readers. Awarded an Order of Australia, Lady Cutler Award and a Lifetime International Award for Literacy for my body of work, spreading literacy is really important. I'm head of SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand, patron of Monkey Baa Theatre, Ambassador for the Premier's Reading Challenge, Writer Ambassador for Room to Read ... among other roles. I also love heritage and adapting to enhance the lives of people today, which is why I restored The Hughenden Hotel 1870s and The Residences Centennial Park - the only homes in the parklands which are open now for accommodation, events and lots of nature.

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