Ruby Bridges: Black History Month

Born in 1954 Ruby Bridges was the oldest of five children. Even though she was born in Tylertown Mississippi, her family moved to New Orleans when she was 2 years old. The same year Ruby was born the US Supreme Court made a landmark ruling in Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka Kansas, which ended racial segregation in public schools. In 1960 a federal court ordered Louisiana to desegregate and the school district created entrance exams for African American students to see whether they could compete academically, Ruby, among other five students, passed the exam.
Ruby’s parents were torn about the decision of letting her attend an all-white elementary school, but her mom wanted Ruby to have the educational opportunities that her parents had been denied. In November 14, she was admitted.

As a brave little girl Ruby and her mom were escorted by four federal marshals to the school every day of that year. And even though there was a chaos created by angry white families, she has said, she only became frightened when she saw a woman holding a black doll in a coffin.

Ruby graduated from a desegregated high school, became a travel agent, married and had four sons. She wrote about her early experiences in two books and received the Carter G. Woodson Book Award.

As a lifelong activist for racial equality, in 1999, Ruby established The Ruby Bridges Foundation to promote tolerance and create change through education.

Black History Month, Aniq present this keychain called “Phenomenal Woman