Ruby Bridges Statue

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    Ruby Bridges Statue

    Ruby Bridges Statue was dedicated on November 14th, 2014, in the courtyard of William Frantz Elementary School. Fifty-four years before, when Bridges was six years old, she was escorted to the school by federal marshals, for her personal security, as the first African-American girl in New Orleans to enroll in an all-white school.
    This was a key event in the African-Americans struggle against school segregation in the south, which happened a few years after the Supreme Court ruled that the school segregation was unconstitutional in the famous Brown v. Board of Education case.
    During her first year at school, she was taught alone by only one teacher, Barbara Henry. It took a while till the boycott of the white parents was settled, and Bridges continued to study in desegregated schools till she graduated from high school. When she grew up, she continued her activism work and in 1999 founded the Ruby Bridges Foundation to eliminate racism, segregation, and equal education to all.

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    The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross | Ruby Bridges Interview, School Integration | PBS

    Ruby Bridges was the first African American to attend William Frantz Elementary School in 1960 in New Orleans. Episode Five of "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Prof. Henry Louis Gates, Jr." airs Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS. The episode examines the long road to civil rights, when the deep contradictions in American society finally became unsustainable.