NW3 Hampstead, London – – St. Margaret’s School

US Marshall escort Ruby Bridges to and from school. Ruby Bridges was the first black child to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana during the New Orleans school desegregation crisis in 1960. Source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby_Bridges

In 1984,  St. Margaret’s School

Turned a hundred.

I was the only black girl

In my class

So I got to stand near the Mayor.
The local paper read,

“Girls’ school turns a Hundred

And celebrates diversity.”

From Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva’s poetry collection, Dress Me In Disobedience.


About the Author:

Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva is a public speaking and effective communication mentor and trainer. She’s a poet and founder of the Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation and is an ardent long-distance swimmer.

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