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Rosie Batty:

Today in The Age newspaper, http://www.theage.com.au/ Fiona Harari has a feature article in the GOOD WEEKEND MAGAZINE called ‘Mother Courage.’ This article features Rosie Batty and her ‘powerful voice against domestic violence.’ Even though I’ve heard about Rosie’s plight, this article brought tears to my eyes. She had faced adversity with such strength and courage.

From living life as a single mother and having work that fitted in around this, she’s now become a spokesperson educating by discussing her unique experience with some of the most unlikely folk: From the Senate, to important CEOs in industry and people who have been too busy to have heard of her case. Speaking at the United Nations has even been proposed.

The article captures her childhood and love of animals, as the eldest of three children living on a farm in England. Losing her mother at the age of six changed her life forever. Rosie came to Australia in her twenties after travelling and working abroad.

It is her lack of blame that makes her stand out as a most unusual person. For those that haven’t heard about this tragedy, on the 12th February this year, Rosie’s son was at cricket practice. His father killed Luke by hitting him over the head with a cricket bat and then stabbing him in front of his schoolmates. The father was shot by police and later died in hospital.

Rosie is a gifted communicator and has been asked to write her autobiography. As Victorian’s Australian of the Year, we’re hoping she is the outright winner, as her courageous speaking out has turned the focus to change a social injustice that has too long been overlooked and hidden. All strata of society are affected by violence in the home, and it is time for change.

 

 

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An inspiring story found on Facebook: Thank you to A Mighty Girl.

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Happy 60th birthday to Ruby Bridges! As a six-year-old, Ruby Bridges famously became the first African American child to desegregate an all-white elementary school in the South. When the 1st grader walked to William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans on November 14, 1960 surrounded by a team of U.S. Marshals, she was met by a vicious mob shouting and throwing objects at her.

One of the federal marshals, Charles Burks, who served on her escort team, recalls Bridges’ courage in the face of such hatred: “For a little girl six years old going into a strange school with four strange deputy marshals, a place she had never been before, she showed a lot of courage. She never cried. She didn’t whimper. She just marched along like a little soldier. We were all very proud of her.”

Once Ruby entered the school, she discovered that it was devoid of children because they had all been removed by their parents due to her presence. The only teacher willing to have Ruby as a student was Barbara Henry, who had recently moved from Boston. Ruby was taught by herself for her first year at the school due to the white parents’ refusal to have their children share a classroom with a black child.

Despite daily harassment, which required the federal marshals to continue escorting her to school for months; threats towards her family; and her father’s job loss due to his family’s role in school integration, Ruby persisted in attending school. The following year, when she returned for second grade, the mobs were gone and more African American students joined her at the school. The pioneering school integration effort was a success due to Ruby Bridges’ inspiring courage, perseverance, and resilience.

If you’d like to share Ruby Bridge’s inspiring story with the children in your life, there are several excellent books about her story including the wonderful picture book “The Story Of Ruby Bridges” for ages 4 to 8 (http://www.amightygirl.com/the-story-of-ruby-bridges), the early chapter book “Ruby Bridges Goes to Story” for ages 5 to 8 (http://www.amightygirl.com/ruby-bridges-goes-to-school), and the highly recommended memoir that Ruby Bridges wrote for young readers 6 to 12 entitled “Through My Eyes” (http://www.amightygirl.com/through-my-eyes).

There is also an inspiring film about her story called “Ruby Bridges” for viewers 7 and up (http://www.amightygirl.com/ruby-bridges).

To give young readers more insight into the school integration struggle, Nobel Prize-winning author, Toni Morrison, has written an outstanding book, that’s filled with photos capturing the major desegregation events of the period, entitled “Remember: The Journey to School Integration” — for ages 9 and up — at http://www.amightygirl.com/remember

For more stories about the courageous girls and women of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, visit our special feature on “Top Mighty Girl Books on Civil Rights History” at http://www.amightygirl.com/mighty-girl-picks/civil-rights-history

For Mighty Girl stories for children and teens that explore racial discrimination and prejudice, visit http://www.amightygirl.com/books/social-issues/prejudice-discrimination?cat=71