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Ruby Bridges
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Marshals walking Ruby into her new school
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Hands of black and white children

Ruby Bridges

By: Caroline AbdulBaki.
Ruby Bridges was born in 1954 in New Orleans, with her mom, dad, and brothers and sister. The spring of her year in kindergarten just like every other child in the city she had to take a test to see who would be going to the new school. The Federal government decided that the schools should now be integrated and this happened in the 1960’s. Ruby was going to William Frantz Public School, on November 14, 1960 because that was the date that the Federal Government declared it. One thing though, Ruby Bridges did not go to school normally, everyday she would find parents and people shouted at Ruby and her mother and shook their fists at them while walking into the building. The first day of school and Ruby never made it to her class, the second day was not any better. Walking up to school someone held a black doll in a coffin. More discrimination was following, but shocking not everyone was against this new change. Ruby Bridges is a young girl who supported integration and still does now as an older women. Ruby bridges supported integration by attending an all white school, getting help from the community, and having a relationship with her teacher.

A first grader being discriminated against is nothing fun to go through, nor does her family being punished help either. Discrimination was a big deal back then because of the time that this was all happening. Parents have shouted many things at Ruby Bridges. People threatened to poison her and kill her if she continued going to the all-white school. The white parents and people wanted the separation between the blacks and whites to stay because the white people did not want the black people to have it as good as them. Her father was fired from his job, and her grandparents had to move because of everyone in Mississippi where Ruby used to live were hearing about what is happening in New Orleans.

But of course while most of the white people and parents of the children in the school were trying to keep the separation others, were helping out Ruby’s family go through all of this. Parents whose children went to the school kept them in the school, but since they were in different classes Ruby did not get to see them. People around the country who heard about Ruby going to the school sent letters and also donations to help her and her family out. Her dad found a job by painting houses with the neighbor, and people babysat her brothers and sister, watched the house so the family would not be bothered, and followed the marshals’ car while they drove Ruby to school. She was also seeing a psychiatrist named Dr. Coles who was very happy to see Ruby and help her every chance he gets, his wife would tag along and her and Ruby’s mother became good friends.

Ruby continued to get and education at the school. Her teacher Mrs. Henry loved Ruby Bridges and enjoyed teaching her every day. She taught her about Martin Luther King Jr. and many other important things. But of course Ruby Bridges enjoyed the Martin Luther King Jr. lesson not because of his color but because of the lesson he wanted to teach all of us. Ruby Bridges prayed for the people and herself of course. Her teacher had given her so much no matter the situation. The teacher was white and Ruby was black, to them that did not matter she was helping her with her studies and the integration of them two being together helped this cause even more.

Ruby Bridges continued to go to school and finished her first grade year at William Frantz, and by her second grade year there many more students of different ethnicity were there, no more protesters, marshals and any of the things that will stop colored and white people from being together. Ruby Bridges helped the integration dream happen and now everywhere you go kids of all kind are learning, playing, and enjoying each other’s company.
Citations:
• Asanta, M.K. (2005-2006). A Non-Proft Education Organization. Retrieved April 28, 2008, from The African American Registry Web site: http://www.aaregistry.com/african_american_history/1492/Ruby_Bridges_was

• Bridges, R (March 2000). Ruby Bridges. Retrieved April 25, 2008, from Ruby Bridges Web site: http://www.rubybridges.com/story.htm

• Ziegenbein, S Ruby Bridges. Retrieved April 28, 2008, from Africana Online Web site: http://www.africanaonline.com/ruby_bridges.html