Black History Month: Celebrating Those Who Came Before Us
Ruby Bridges (1954 - ______)
At six years old Ruby Bridges probably did not know that she would advance the cause of civil rights when she went to her new school on November 14, 1960. She was the first African American student to attend William Frantz Elementary in Louisiana, setting off a chain of events leading to the integration of schools in the South. Ms. Bridges wrote a book about her experiences, This Is Your Time, which received the Carter G. Woodson Book Award. She established the Ruby Bridges Foundation in 1999 to promote “the values of tolerance, respect, and appreciation of all differences."
February 22, 2021
Source: O The Oprah Magazine, January 2021, National Women’s History Museum