Ruby Bridges Civil Rights activist

Ruby Bridges at young age

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Ruby Bridges was only 6 years old when she changed the world by becoming the first African-American to enter an all-white school in the south. She was the only child out of 6 to pass a test that allowed her to enter the school. This started the beginning of a very journey hard she would have to take.

Ruby was born on September 8, 1954, in Tylertown Mississippi. She was born the same year that the Brown vs. Board of Education desegregated schools all across the nation. At the age of 4, her family moved to New Orleans in search of a better life. Because of her intellectual gifts that were very obvious, she was 1 of 6 African-American children chosen to take a test to decide if she was eligible to get into a white school. The test was made especially hard, because a large amount of America (especially the older generations) were still very racist and for segregation. Ruby, however, overcame this challenge and passed. In November of 1960, federal marshals escorted Ruby and her mother to her new school: William Frantz School. When they arrived, hoards of racist parents, who had kept their children home, stood outside to protest. Ruby, in her innocence, believed this to be a sort of Mardi Gras celebration. She was escorted inside and spent the entire day in the pincipal's office. The only teacher that would agree to teach her was a new teacher from Boston named Barbara Henry. They spent the entire year alone, since no other students would agree to be in her class, only leaving to go to the bathroom. Ruby pushed through these early problems in her life, and proved herself to be a string individual.

She just marched along like a little soldier- Charles Burks, one of the escorting federal marshals of Ruby



Ruby's courageous act was simply attending school each and every day. Even though segregation had been ended throughout the country, the south was still very segregated. Her motivation was to simply be seen as equal, and because of this, she was the spark of a civil rights movement that would eventually evolve into equal rights to African-Americans. She put herself at risk every day just doing something as simple as going to school, which required great bravery. She continues today to be an activist for equal rights and sets an example for people all over the world.


This reformation that she lived out in her is inspiring. At only 6 years old, she started a movement that would change the world. This shows how anybody can set an example and be influential if you just believe. The simplest action, such as going to school, could lead to a huge result and inspire people all over the world. Her story inspires us to lead by example, even if it is not the biggest action, because to somebody else it could mean the world.

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