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Ruby Bridges – American Civil Rights Activist

Ruby Bridges is an American Civil Rights Activist. Here are some fun facts about her:

– She was born in Tylertown, Mississippi, where her parents were sharecroppers, but when she was four years old, they moved to New Orleans.

– She went to an all-black kindergarten and enjoyed it, even though it was a longer walk home than other all-white schools. One day, she was asked to take a test. This test was a questionnaire to determine which black students were allowed to attend a white school. She was a bright student and aced the test. After that, her parents were informed that Ruby was allowed to attend her local white school and begin integrating black and white students together in schools.

– At first, her father was weary of allowing her to attend a white school, as she would be put in danger, since integrating schools made a lot of white people angry, but her mother thought that it would be a good opportunity.

– On November 14, 1960, she attended her first day of school at the William Frantz School. When Ruby arrived at the school, there were people protesting and yelling at her, but Federal Marshals escorted her into the school to prevent her from danger. Even though the school was integrated, the classes were not. For the whole year, it was just her and her teacher Mrs. Henry in a class. Mrs. Henry was very nice and they became good friends.

– Many people supported her integration of the schools. People sent her gifts, kind cards and notes, and even money to help her parents. Some of her neighbors babysat her and even guarded the car as she was driven to school.

– After she graduated high school, she worked as a travel agent for 15 years

– She married Malcolm Hall and together they had four sons.

– In 2014, a statue was unveiled of Ruby at the William Frantz School.

– When Ruby became an adult, she was reunited with her teacher, Mrs. Henry.

– In 2001, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Bill Clinton.

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