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In Spring 1960, 6-year-old Ruby Bridges was the first black child to integrate Frantz School. Escorted by federal marshals (city and state police refused to protect her) she walked daily through a mob of whites, screaming obscenities. What did Ruby do? She prayed: for herself to be strong and unafraid, and for her enemies, that God would forgive them.
6 year old Ruby Bridges was the first black child in the south to attend a white school after the forced integration following the landmark ruling of Brown Vs. The Board of Education. A willing participant in her mother's decision that she would go and endure what was to be sure a very tough road in the name of helping forge the path of the civil rights movement, Ruby faced death threats and intense bullying with courage and grace.
Dorothy Day with her prison dress. On November 1917 Day went to prison for being one of forty women in front of the White House protesting women's exclusion from the electorate. It's horrible that we are still fighting after all these years later for the same reasons that this beautiful lady was fighting for. We honor her !!! Thank you !!!!
Dorthy Counts-Charlotte NC was actually the first black in America to step foot in an all white school. in 1957 she was treated so badly she had to leave the school after 4 days. That's 3 years before Ruby Bridges or any other integration story. She was bullied and hit with stones. The harassment started when the wife of John Z. Warlick, the leader of the White Citizens Council, urged the boys to "keep her out" and at the same time, implored the girls to spit on her.