Ruby Bridges

Ruby Bridges Biography

Civil Rights Activist(1954–)
Ruby Bridges was the first African-American child to attend an all-white public elementary school in the American South.

Who Is Ruby Bridges?

Ruby Bridges (born September 8, 1954) was six when she became the first African-American child to integrate a white Southern elementary school on November 14, 1960, escorted to class by her mother and U.S. marshals due to violent mobs. Bridges' bravery paved the way for continued Civil Rights action and she's shared her story with future generations in educational forums.

Ruby Bridges School Photo

Ruby Bridges and marshals leaving William Frantz Elementary School, New Orleans, 1960. She was escorted both to and from the school while segregationist protests continued.

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