Back in 1960 Ruby Bridges was the first African American women to attend an all white school in New Orleans. She was only 6 years old when she attended the all white school. She had know idea what she was going into and represented a huge breakthrough in the civil rights movements across America.
As soon as Bridges entered the school, white parents pulled their own children out; all the teachers refused to teach while a black child was enrolled. Only one person agreed to teach Ruby and that was Barbara Henry, from Boston, Massachusetts, and for over a year Henry taught her alone, "as if she were teaching a whole class."
She resembles a hero becuase she showed courage, bravery, and admiration she walked those steps into the school, ignoring all those who shouted at her and threw things at her. Each day she was bashed by white kids and adults but she persevered and grew up to be a strong person.
When Ruby arrived at school the first day Former United States Deputy Marshal Charles Burks later recalled, "She showed a lot of courage. She never cried. She didn't whimper. She just marched along like a little soldier, and we're all very very proud of her." As she walked up those steps she showed courage and perseverance and never coward, those are the true signs of a hero.
“I couldn’t have gotten through that year without Mrs. Henry. Sitting next to her in our classroom, just the two of us, I was able to forget the world outside. She made school fun. We did everything together. I couldn’t go out in the schoolyard for recess, so right in that room we played games” ~ Ruby Bridges
"racism is a grown-up disease and we must stop using our children to spread it." -Ruby Bridges
Ruby later went on Bridges, still lives in New Orleans with her husband, Malcolm Hall, and their four sons. After graduating from a desegregated high school, she worked as a travel agent for 15 years and later became a full-time parent. She is now chair of the Ruby Bridges Foundation, which she formed in 1999 to promote "the values of tolerance, respect, and appreciation of all differences". Describing the mission of the group.