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Black History: Ruby Bridges, "first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South"

"Ruby Nell Bridges Hall (born September 8, 1954) is an American activist known for being the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South", which she entered on November 14, 1960.
"As soon as Bridges entered the school, white parents pulled their own children out; all the teachers refused to teach while a black child was enrolled. Only one person agreed to teach Ruby and that was Barbara Henry, from Boston, Massachusetts, and for over a year Henry taught her alone, "as if she were teaching a whole class."

That first day, Bridges and her adult companions spent the entire day in the principal's office; the chaos of the school prevented their moving to the classroom until the second day. Every morning, as Bridges walked to school, one woman would threaten to poison her;[7] because of this, the U.S. Marshals dispatched by President Eisenhower, who were overseeing her safety, only allowed Ruby to eat food that she brought from home.

Another woman at the school put a black baby doll in a wooden coffin and protested with it outside the school, a sight that Bridges Hall has said "scared me more than the nasty things people screamed at us." At her mother's suggestion, Bridges began to pray on the way to school, which she found provided protection from the comments yelled at her on the daily walks".
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Tags: Activist, Black, Bridges, Civil, History, Month, Rights, Ruby, School

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Comment by Chuckdeezul on February 19, 2014 at 4:22pm

The title of the Norman Rockwell painting is "The Problem We All Live With"(Ruby Bridges' Wikipedia page).

Comment by Chuckdeezul on February 19, 2014 at 4:13pm

Powerful piece of history.

And to have Norman Rockwell create a portrait too?   

Comment by Mamadoc on February 19, 2014 at 4:01pm

I would love to hear her parents thoughts before and afterwards.


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