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Bridges, Ruby Nell

Born: 1954 AD
Currently alive, at 66 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Commoner

1954 – Ruby was born September 8th in Tylertown, Mississippi. Ruby Bridges played an important part in the Civil Rights Movement. Ruby was a little girl who was one of the first blacks to go to an all white school.

1960 – On the first day of school, Ruby and her mom sat in the office. Some adults took their children to school but most others did not. Ruby saw some people dragging their white kids out of the classrooms because they didn’t want their kids going to the same school as a black kid.


         – 1st black student to attend William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, protected from segregationist mobs by federal marshals.

1995 – Disney made a TV movie based on her experiences. A book about Ruby titled The Story of Ruby Bridges was published.