Ruby Bridges Raymond Tharp 3-7-17

Obstacles Faced
  • Ruby Bridges was the first the first African-American child to integrate a white Southern Elementary school, having to be escorted to class by her mother and U.S. marshals due to violent 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 where the family 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.
  • 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.
"The only bad thing about burning bridges behind you is that the world is round." -Ruby Bridges
Significant contrIbutions
  • In 1999, Bridges formed the Ruby Bridges Foundation, headquartered in New Orleans. The foundation promotes the values of tolerance, respect, and appreciation of all differences. Through education and inspiration the foundation seeks to end racism and prejudice.
  • Ruby receives the Presidental Citizens Medal in 2001.
  • Ruby writes a book called "Through My Eyes."
  • Ruby Bridges was 6 when she became the first African-American child to integrate a white Southern Elemntary School.
  • Ruby was one of six black children in New Orleans to pass the test that determined whether they could go to an all-white school.
"Don't follow the path go where there is no path and start a trail." -Ruby Bridges
Time Period
  • Ruby Bridges was born on September 8, 1954 in Tylertown, Mississippi. When she was 4 years old, her parents and her moved to New Orleans hoping for a better life in a big city. She currently resides in New Orleans and is 62 years old.
"My message is really that racism has no place in the hearts and minds of our children." -Ruby Bridges
Personal Qualities
  • Ambitious
  • Caring
  • Courageous
  • Respectful
  • Preserving
  • Forgiving
  • Hopeful
  • Peaceful
"Kids know nothing about racism, they're taught that by adults." -Ruby Bridges
  • 1954- Ruby was born.
  • 1958- Ruby and her family move to New Orleans.
  • 1960- Ruby had her first day at Frantz Elementary School for whites.
  • 1984- Ruby gets married to Malcolm Hall.
  • 1993- Ruby's brother was 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. Marhals and made and 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." -Ruby Bridges
Created By
Raymond Tharp



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