Ruby Bridges

By: Donese Berry

An African American girl in the 1960 changed the world forever. She was only six and trying to get an education. Instead she helped to stop integration. The federal court thought that it was time to desegregate. The people of the New Orleans thought different.

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Ruby bridges in 1960
Her name was Ruby Bridges. In 1960 the federal courts had six kids take a test to see who would go to an integrated school. She passed the test and would be one of the first African American kids
to go to an integrated school. Two decided to stay in their old schools. The other three were assigned to McDonough. Ruby would be going to William Frantz by herself. Her dad thought it was a bunch of nonsense and would just cause a lot of commotion. They thought about it then realized this was a good idea because it gave all black children a better chance for a good education.

On the day of November 14,1960 Ruby and her mother was escorted by U.S marshals to school. They explained to her that everyday they would come to pick her up to protect her. She never really knew from what, until she stepped out of the car. There were mobs of people yelling and screaming bad things to her. They even put dolls in coffins and yelled, “You don’t belong here”. Parents took their kids out of school.

Her mother was no longer able to go to school with her. Riots broke out and daily people protested. Even thought she was in an integrated school she was in a class by herself. She was not allowed to go and be with the other kids. Ruby didn’t understand why people did what they did to her. Her teacher was white and they got along great, so her teacher explained to her what was going on. The end of the year was coming and the commotion was slowing down.


By second grade Ruby was not greeted at William Frantz with hate. There was no marshals or protester. She got to sit in a class students Of different ethnic backgrounds. That movement was something that had not only inspired the people of Mississippi, but also inspired Dr. Robert Coles, and Norman
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Book she inspired her therapist to write
Rockwell.
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picture she inspired Norman Rockwell to paint



“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.




Bibliography


· Asanta, M.K. (2005-2006). A Non-Profit Education Organization. Retrieved April 28, 2008, from The African American Registry Web site:
http://www.aaregistry.com/african_american_history/1492/Ruby_Bridges_was

. Hunter-Gault, CHARLAYNE (February 18, 1997). A class Of One. A class Of One, Retrieved May,16,2008, from
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/race_relations/jan-june97/bridges_2-18.html

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