Ruby Bridges

Ruby Bridges
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  • Ruby Bridges was the first African-American child to attend an all-white public elementary school when she was six. 
  • At that time, black children and white children went to separate schools. The black children were not able to receive the same education as the white children. It wasn’t fair. And it was against the nation’s law. 
  • Many white parents did not want their children to go to school with a black child, so they kept them at home 
  • large crowds of angry white people stood in front of the school to yell and throwing objects at ruby everyday ruby went to school.
  • The President of the United States ordered federal marshals to walk with Ruby into the school building. The marshals protected her from the angry crowds.
  • Despite the protests and threats, Ruby continued going to school. Her courage opened the way for other African American children to attend schools previously closed to them.
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