Ruby Bridges was the first African American student to attend an all-white school in the South. Ruby was born on September 8, 1954, in Tylertown, Mississippi. When she was 4 years old, the family relocated to New Orleans, Louisiana. She lived with her parents, Abon and Lucille, along with her three older brothers and one young sister. When she was six years old, she, and several other took a test to see if she could go to an all-white school. She went to William Frantz Elementray school, graduated from Francis T. High school, and went to Tulane University collage. She is still living today at the age of 62.
In 1960, Ruby became the first African American to attend an all white school. In 1972, she graduated from high school. In 1995, Dr.Robert Coles wrote and published a book called, "The Story Of Ruby Bridges". Ruby also got an honorary college degree from Connecticut college. In 1996, She wrote a book named"Through My Eyes". Finally, in 2001, she got the Presidential Citizens Metal.
What Impact Did Ruby Bridges Have?
Ruby Bridges made a GREAT impact on the Civil Rights Movement. When she made this great impact, she was only six years old! Ruby was the first African American to ever attend an all white school. When Ruby entered the school, people were throwing things at her and some held up signs that said something similar to:"We want to keep our school white!" But this didn't tear her down, she kept going to school.
How Is Ruby Celebrated?
People write books about Ruby such as , "The Story of Bridges", "Ruby Bridges Goes to Story", and "Through My Eyes". There are also short films and short child-friendly movies, most schools will do projects on famous African American people, like Ruby Bridges,Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson, or Mohamma Ali during Black History Mounth.