Ruby Bridges


Ruby Bridges speaks out against Texas book bans at Congressional hearing

A U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee panel held a hearing Thursday to examine escalating efforts across the country to ban books from schools and public libraries. Civil rights activist Ruby Bridges, who at six years old became the first Black child to desegregate an all-white Louisiana school, was a witness at the hearing.
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Ruby Bridges speaks out on book bans: 'Surely we are better than this'

Ruby Bridges is speaking out on efforts to ban books — including her own. The civil rights activist testified before Congress on Thursday in a hearing on "book bans and academic censorship." Last year, parents in Tennessee reportedly objected to teaching a book by Bridges, who at six years old became the first Black child to integrate a segregated school in New Orleans.

Did you learn about Ruby Bridges in school?

Ruby Bridges became well-known in 1960 at the age of 6-years-old when she was escorted by Federal marshals to integrated a. The post Did you learn about Ruby Bridges in school? first appeared on The Black Detour.

Ruby Bridges and a world forever changed

At six years old, she walked through the mob of angry white protesters and their vulgar signs. A young black girl walked all alone, holding her schoolbooks as she made her journey to her elementary school as she pursued an education. On either side of her were members of the National Guard, protecting her from harm. This was how Ruby Bridges started her morning every day in 1960. This girl would go on to change the world. ...
Washington Post

Ruby Bridges is only 67 years old

I had often wondered how Ruby Bridges felt in the moment that she first arrived at William Frantz Elementary School in November 1960. If the name isn’t familiar, the image above probably is — as may be the Norman Rockwell painting of a small Black girl walking with an entourage of faceless protectors, passing a wall on which is scrawled a racial slur. Bridges’s arrival at the school on that day marked its integration — a transition that was poorly received by many in the surrounding community.
Kansas City Star

Ruby Bridges: How a 6-year-old girl stepped into the history books

To get to school in the morning Ruby Bridges walked through a crowd of hateful people shouting threats and curses. It was a terrible gantlet for a 6-year-old girl. What is sometimes not mentioned in stories about Ruby, who, in 1960, became the first Black child to integrate the William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, is the eerie silent world she encountered on the other side of that mob.

Leaders in Black History: Ruby Bridges

Ruby Bridges was the first black child to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana in 1960. Bridges was born on September 8, 1954, as the oldest child of Lucille and Abon Bridges. Ruby’s birth year coincided with the US Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Brown v. the Board of Education, which ended racial segregation in public schools.

Ruby Bridges to Pen Children’s Books About Civil Rights

Civil rights legend Ruby Bridges will release a children’s picture book later this year titled “I Am Ruby Bridges.”. For the first time, Bridges will share her story from the perspective of her six-year-old self, providing an intimate look through a child’s lens at her experiences and the role she played in the civil rights movement.