Black History ‘Erryday’: Happy 63rd Birthday Ruby Bridges


Ruby Nell Bridges 9/8/1954 Tylertown, MS.

In 1960 Ruby Bridges was one of six kids to integrate a public school in New Orleans. Norman Rockwell commemorated the civil rights moment with a painting that graced the cover of Look Magazine in 1964.

She celebrated the 50th year reunion of her integrating the school in 2010.

The Norman Rockwell painting was entitled: The Problem we all Live With.

Bridges thought the people were shouting for Marti Gras, not in protest of her integrating the school.

All the white kids were pulled out of her class and for one year she was the sole student in the class.

She only ate food brought from home because of the threats to poison her food.

She met weekly with a psychiatrist who later wrote a children’s book The Story of Ruby Bridges.

She still lives in New Orleans and was chair of the Ruby Bridges Foundation.

Bridges was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal by President Bill Clinton in 2001.

Her home was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

There was a sculpture of her in the “Remember Them” monument in Oakland, California and a statute of her in front of the school she integrated.

She is married and has 4 children.

Peace, love, joy, gratitude, faith, courage compassion, and blessings.


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