Ruby Bridges

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Ruby Bridges

Ruby Bridges was born September 8, 1954 in Tylertown, Mississippi. When she was 4, her family moved to New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1960, When she was 6 years old, her parents responded to a request from the NAACP and volunteered her to participate in the integration of New Orleans school system, even though her father was hesitant. In spring of 1960, Bridges was one of six black children in New Orleans to pass the test that determined whether they could go to the all-white school. Two of the six decided to stay at their old school, three were transferred to McDonogh, and Bridges went to William Frantz Elementary school by herself. Bridges faced may challenges just to attend school. Everyday she attended school, she was met by an angry mob of white parents and students. She was yelled at and threatened. Robert Coles, a child psychiatrist, volunteered to provide counseling to Bridges during her first year at Frantz. He met with her weekly , later writing a children's book, The Story of Ruby Bridges, to acquaint other children with Bridges' story.The Bridges family suffered for their dicision to send her to William Frantz elementary: her father lost his job, the grocery store they shopped at banned them, and her grandparents, who were sharecroppers, were turned off their land. Although much of the neighborhood were protesting, Bridges has noted that many others in the community, both black and white, showed support in various ways.Today Bridges, now Ruby Bridges Hall, still lives in New Orleans with her husband and four sons. For 15 years Hall worked as a travel agent, later becoming a full-time mother. She is now chair of the Ruby Bridges Foundation, which she formed in 1999 to promote the values of tolerance, respect, and appreciation of all differences. How did Ruby Bridges impact education? Today, because of Bridges courage students of all races and attend school together for equal opportunities.Thank You Ruby Bridges Hall!

Ruby Nell Bridges Hall is an American activist known for being the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in Louisiana.

Ruby Bridges

"Racism is a grown-up disease and we must stop using our children to spread it."-Ruby Bridges Hall

The Problem We All Live With is a 1964 painting by Norman Rockwell, it is an iconic image of the Civil Rights Movement. It depicts Ruby Bridges on her way into an all-white public school in New Orleans on November 14, 1960 during the process of racial desegregation. Because of threats of violence against her, she is escorted by four deputy U.S. marshall. On the wall behind is written the racial slur 'nigger' and the letters 'KKK'; a smashed tomato thrown at Bridges is also visible. The painting is on oil canvas and measures 36 inches high by 58 inches wide.

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