Ruby Bridges Goes To School: My True Story by Ruby BridgesIn 1960, six-year-old Ruby Bridges walked through an angry crowd and into a school where she changed history. This is the true story of an extraordinary little girl who helped shape our country when she became the first African-American to attend an all-white school in New Orleans. With simple text and historical photographs, this easy reader explores an amazing moment in history and the courage of a young girl who stayed strong in the face of racism.
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Feb. 16, 1997: Ruby Bridges recounts her first day at an all-white school
At the tender age of six, Ruby Bridges advanced the cause of civil rights in November when she became the first African American student to integrate an elementary school in the South. When Ruby was two years old, her parents moved their family to New Orleans, Louisiana in search of better work opportunities. Nonetheless, southern states continued to resist integration, and in , Ruby attended a segregated New Orleans kindergarten. A year later, however, a federal court ordered Louisiana to desegregate. The school district created entrance exams for African American students to see whether they could compete academically at the all-white school. Ruby and five other students passed the exam. Her parents were torn about whether to let her attend the all-white William Frantz Elementary School, a few blocks from their home.
She was the first African-American child to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana during the New Orleans school desegregation crisis in Bridges was the oldest of five children born to Abon and Lucille Bridges. In , when she was six years old, her parents responded to a request from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People NAACP and volunteered her to participate in the integration of the New Orleans school system, even though her father was hesitant. Bridges was born during the middle of the Civil Rights Movement. Brown v. Board of Education was decided eight months and nine days after Bridges' birth.
When Ruby Bridges was five years old, she was the only student in her New Orleans school because a judge had ordered the school integrated and white parents pulled out all of their children. The woman who was the subject of a legendary Norman Rockwell painting going to school guarded by white U. Marshals spoke at Niagara University Wednesday evening. Listen Listening Bridges now works with kids to talk about what she went through in and how it applies to this country today, 53 years later.
Ruby Bridges was born on this date in She is an African American activist. Bridges was born in a little cabin around Tylerton, Mississippi to a very poor family.
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Ruby Bridges was six when she became the first African American child to integrate a white Southern elementary school. On November 14, , she was escorted to class by her mother and U. Bridges' brave act was a milestone in the civil rights movement , and she's shared her story with future generations in educational forums. She grew up on the farm her parents and grandparents sharecropped in Mississippi. When she was four years old, her parents, Abon and Lucille Bridges, moved to New Orleans, hoping for a better life in a bigger city. Her father got a job as a gas station attendant and her mother took night jobs to help support their growing family.
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