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Transcript of Ruby Bridges
Ruby Bridges was born on September 8, 1954. She was born to Lucille and Abon Bridges, who had four other children, giving Ruby three brothers and one sister. At age two, Ruby and her family moved from Tylertown, Mississippi, where her family had been sharecroppers, to New Orleans, Louisiana, because her parents found better work opportunities.
Monday, November 14, of 1960 was the day black children in New Orleans was able to go to school with white children. There were six black children who chosen to integrate the city's public school system. Two decided to stay in their same blacks schools. The other three were assigned to McDonough. Ruby decided to go to William Frantz alone. Ruby stongly believed, "Don't follow the path. Go where there is no path and start a trail." -Ruby Bridges.
The morning of November 14 federal marshals drove Ruby and her mother five blocks to William Frantz. In the car one of the men explained that when they arrived to the school two marshals would walk in front of them an two behind, so that they would be protected on both sides.
Once Ruby and her mom arrived at the school people shouted and shook their fist when they gotten out of the car, Ruby held her mother's hand and followed the guards through the crowd, up the steps into the school.
1954- Ruby was born
1960- Federal court ordered the desegregation of schools in the South
1960- Ruby had her first day at Frantz Elementary School with majority of Whites.
1964- Norman Rockwell was a famous artist in the 60's. He was inspired by Ruby's story, so he painted "The Problem We All Must Live With" in her honor.
1995- Ruby's brother was murdered
1995- A biography of Ruby's life was put out. It was titled The Story of Ruby Bridges.
1998- Disney produced a movie about Ruby and her story. It aired for the first time in 1998 as "Ruby Bridges."
Norman Rockwell painting
Ruby is currently still alive today. Her 59th birthday just past on September 8th, of 2013. Ruby and her husband also made 4 kids and decided to put them all in public schools to lead them in the right path. As ruby would say, “Each and every one of us is born with a clean heart. Our babies know nothing about hate or racism. But soon they begin to learn and only from us. We keep racism alive. We pass it on to our children. We owe it to our children to help them keep their clean start.” - Ruby Bridges.
Ruby when she was 6
Blacks right to go to whites school
William Frants School
RUBY NEEDED GUARDS
The year of 2013
Ruby picture that was takin this year