LEH announces activist Ruby Bridges as 2022 ‘Humanists of the Year’


This combination photo shows the book cover for “This Is Your Time,” left, and a portrait of the author Ruby Bridges. (Random House via AP)

NEW ORLEANS (BRPROUD)- The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) has announces civil rights icon Ruby Bridges as the 2022 Humanist of the Year. Bridges among others will be recognized at the Bright Lights Awards ceremony in 2022.

The LEH recognizes documentary filmmakers, photographers, folklorists, literacy and language advocates, historians and more that has made significant contributions to understanding Louisiana’s history and culture. To purchase tickets to the event click here.

“Humanist of the Year Ruby Bridges and the entire slate of 2022 awardees remind us why the humanities are an essential ingredient in our daily lives. Their work speaks volumes about our past, our present and can indeed point the way to our future. Our job at the LEH is to lift up and celebrate their work and contributions,” said LEH President/Executive Director Miranda Restovic.

Bridges is the author of three nonfiction books for children, including Through My Eyes, Ruby Bridges Goes to School, and This Is Your Time, a New York Times Bestseller, according the LEH.

LEH awardees will also highlight the awardees in Louisiana Endowment Humanities magazine,”64 Parishes.” For more information on LEH and its programs visit www.leh.org.

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