Ruby Bridges By:Hope WILLIAMSON and lydia durflinger

Obstacles Faced

Ruby Bridges was the first African American child to integrate a white southern elementary school having to be escorted to class by her mother and U.S. marshalls due to mobs.

The abuse wasn't limited to only Ruby Bridges; her family suffered as well. Her father lost his job at the filling station, and her grandparents were sent off the land they had sharecropped for over 25 years. The grocery store were the family had shopped banned them from entering.

After winter break, Ruby began to show signs of stress. She experienced nightmares and would wake her mother in the middle of the night seeking comfort. In 1993 Ruby Bridges youngest brother, Malcolm Bridges was murdered in a drug-related killing.

Significant Contributions

In 1999, Bridges formed the Ruby Bridges foundation, headquarters in New Orleans. The foundation promotes the values of tolerancy, respect, and appreciation of all differences. Through education and inspiration, the foundation seeks to end racism and prejudice.

  • Ruby writes a book called "Through my Eyes"
  • Ruby receives the presidential citizens medal in 2001.
  • Ruby Bridges was 6 when she became the first African American child to integrate a white Southern Elementary School.
  • Ruby was one of six black childeren in New Orleans to pass the test that determined whether they could go to an all-white school.
  • Several times she was confronted with balant racism in full view of her federal escorts. On her second day of school, a woman threatened to poison her. On another day she was "greeted," by a woman displaying a black doll in a coffin.
Time Period

Ruby Bridges was born in Tylertown, Mississippi. When she was 4 years old, her and her family moved to New Orleans hoping for a better life in a big city.

Personal Qualities
  • Doesn't give up
  • Caring
  • Courages
  • Respectful
  • Preserving
  • Forgiving
  • Hopeful
  • Peaceful
  • 1954- Ruby was born
  • 1958- Ruby and her family moved to New Orleans
  • 1960- Ruby had her first day at Frantz Elementary School for whites
  • 1984- Ruby got married
  • 1993- Ruby's brother got murdered
  • 1995- The story of Ruby Bridges was published
  • 1999- Ruby established the Ruby Bridges foundation
  • 1999- Ruby's book "Through My Eyes" was published
  • 2000- Ruby was honored by the U.S. marshalls and made a honorary deputy for her bravery as a child
  • 2007- The children's Museum of Indianapolis unveiled a new exhibit with Ruby Bridges as one of the centerpieces.

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


Created with images by Infrogmation - "Ruby Bridges 21 Sept 2010" • Infrogmation - "Ruby Bridges Hall speaking Sept 2010" • Infrogmation - "Ruby Bridges Hall standing microphone"

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