Ruby Bridges

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  • The Story of Ruby Bridges
  • White school ONLY!
  • WHITES ONLY!
  • "We were poor, very very poor," Ruby said. My daddy lost is job and that is when we had to move.
  • In 1960, a judge ordered four black girls to go to two white elementary schools. Six-year-old Ruby Bridges was sent to first grade at William Frantz Elementary.
  • White people gathered outside Frantz Elementary. The President of the United States ordered federal marshals to walk with Ruby into the school building.
  • The white people in the neighborhood would not send their children to school, she was all alone except for her teacher, Mrs. Henry. Ruby began learning how to read and write in an empty classroom.
  • Ruby said a prayer she repeated twice a day: "Please, God, try to forgive those people. Because even if they say those bad things, They don't know what they're doing."
  • Later that year, two white boys joined Ruby at the Frantz Elementary School. The mob became very angry when the first white students went back to school. But those boys were soon joined by other children.
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