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  • Sheree Hairston

    Ruby Bridges, the first African-American child to attend an all-white elementary school in the American South, escorted by U.S. Marshals dispatched by President Eisenhower for her safety, 14 November, 1960; Learn your black history.

  • Shirley Ha OD

    "Don't be afraid." That's what Ruby Bridges' mother told her on November 4, 1960. Little Ruby listened carefully to the advice. Soon, 4 US federal court marshals/officers arrived at the Bridges family home in New Orleans to drive the 1st grader to William Frantz PS. A screaming mob was waiting. People stood near the building shouting. Ruby held her head high. With the marshals surrounding her, the 6-year-old became the first black child to walk walked into the all-white elementary school.

  • Carol Ballew

    "Don't be afraid", Ruby Bridges's mother told her on November 4, 1960. Soon, four United States federal court marshals arrived at the Bridges family home in New Orleans, to drive the first grader to William Frantz Public School. Ruby held her head high. With the marshals surrounding her, the 6-year-old walked into the school and became one of the first African Americans to attend an all-white elementary school in the South. #WomenRock

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Ruby Bridges - an American hero. She is still around - and so are all the Conservatives who screamed and threw things at her and the other heroic CHILDREN then.