Adam Jones from Kelowna, BC, Canada, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons | Ruby Bridges


Lucille and Ruby Bridges – Civil Rights Activists

What does it take to send your little girl into a school where no one wants her? Or to be that little girl?  In 1960, Lucille and a six-year old Ruby Bridges went into William Frantz Elementary School flanked by U.S. Marshalls while words, tomatoes, and raw eggs were hurled at them.  Ruby Bridges became the first African American to integrate schools after the 1954 Brown vs the Board of Education Supreme Court decision.  Doing so lost Abon Bridges, her father, his job. Grocery stores refused to sell to Lucille.  Her sharecropping grandparents were also evicted from the farm where they had been living for 25 years. 

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