Barbara Henry, A civil rights crusader

Steven Hadt | May 02, 2018

Barbara Henry in classroom with Ruby Bridges

In February 2017, Kiwanis magazine published an interview with Ruby Bridges, who made history when she became the first African-American child to integrate a public school in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1960. Bridges continues to share her story as a champion of equality and to remind others about the indelible impact they can have on the lives of children. Kiwanis International awarded her with the 2017 Humanitarian Award for her Courage to Inspire. In addition, Kiwanis gave a Humanitarian Award for the Courage to Care to the person who inspired Bridges and left an important positive impact in her life: her teacher, Mrs. Barbara Henry. This is her story, in her own words.


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