FC: Ruby Bridges Jordan Albrecht
1: Ruby Nell Bridges Hall was born September 8, 1954 to Abon and Lucille Bridges. She was born in Tylertown, Mississippi. When Ruby was 4 years old the Bridges moved to New Orleans, Louisiana.
2: In 1960 when Ruby was 6 her parents came into contact with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Ruby's parents volunteered her to be a part of the integration of the New Orleans school system. Her father was hesitant, but Ruby's mother really wanted her to go, so she did. Ruby would attend William Frantz Elementary School.
3: Ruby's mother said- Take this step forward ... for all African-American children.
4: On Ruby's first day of school there was no warm welcome... people were throwing things and yelling threats. Some teachers refused to teach an African American child. Some white parents took their children out of school and refused to go back. But Ruby still went to school.
6: On her way to school Ruby had to be escorted by guards so they could protect her. Every day on her way to school a woman would threaten to poison Ruby. Ruby's father lost his job and her grandparents lost their land. Ruby's mother told her to pray, and she did as she walked to school each day. Ruby's teacher, Mrs Henry, was one of the adults who was nice to Ruby. She was Ruby's teacher until Ruby left William Frantz Elementary School.
7: Driving up I could see the crowd, but living in New Orleans, I actually thought it was Mardi Gras. There was a large crowd of people outside of the school. They were throwing things and shouting, and that sort of goes on in New Orleans at Mardi Gras. | Ruby-
8: In 1999 Ruby started the Ruby Bridges Foundation, to promote "the values of tolerance, respect, and appreciation of all differences." On January 8, 2001, Bridges was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal by President Bill Clinton.