Ruby Bridges BY amanda sinishtaj

It is important to get more than one perspective because by having different perspectives it helps people understand every side of the story. It also helps one to see another person's point of view, which may not have been considered.

Realistic fiction can help a reader have a better understanding of a time period. The Help by Kathryn Stockett , is about how African American maids are treated unequally in the 1950s. Because of the difference in skin color, some white people felt they were more powerful and better. As a result, segregation happened.

During the time of segregation, some white people thought is was okay to discriminate against people based on their skin color because they looked different. The story of Ruby Bridges shows how African Americans started to take a stand against segregation unlike some of the maids who felt too afraid to fight for what was right.

This is Ruby Bridges as a little girl. Ruby was the first African American little girl to go to an all white school in the south. Ruby was born in 1954. Ruby was asked to take a test and the test was supposed to determine which black students would be allowed to attend a white school. She aced the test and got to go to the white school. When Ruby first started her dad didn't really want to let her go to school because he was scared it would be unsafe for Ruby .

This picture is showing how Ruby Bridges is in school and walking out. This also shows how a man is escorting her out of the school. This man is the U.S. Marshal that followed her around to protect her from angry white mobs. Ruby Bridges needed three U.S. Marshals to take her in and out of School in New Orleans in 1960. U.S. Marshal Charles Burks, on the left, was always by her side to protect her. Burks explained escorting Bridges to school was a special moment of his life

This picture shows a little white girl protesting over African Americans going to school. Most white people had such a strong hate over African Americans going to their school. Some parents from the school were threatening Ruby. They were also trying to stop Ruby from going to the school.

This picture shows African-Americans trying to fight for their kids equal education. They wanted their voices to be heard.

Protesters were mean and scary but not everyone was against integration. Many people of all races including whites supported Ruby and her family. People sent Ruby's family gifts, notes of encouragement and even money to help her parents pay the bills. People in her neighborhood supported the family by helping to babysit and even guarding the car as it drove to school.

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