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Louise Baldwin
Louise Baldwin • 2 years ago

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.

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This is Ruby Bridges -- the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South.

Women of Fauberg Treme, New Orleans and their dog. Faubourg Tremé is the oldest black neighborhood in America, and the origin of the southern civil rights movement and the birthplace of jazz. [However, there is an African American community in North Carolina that is said to be the oldest African American community in America; without proper research, the True oldest African American community may not really be known, yet.]

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.

Ruby Bridges -- Norman Rockwell

Ruby Bridges became the face of school integration at age six.

uncommon courage -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.

Photograph by Eve Arnold : At a school for black civil rights activists, here the young girl is being trained to not react to smoke blown in her face, hair pulled, etc. Virginia 1960. I'm in love with these first integrated students. Fifteen years old and bearing the burden of the Civil Rights Movement on their slender shoulders.