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, we’re celebrating #Blackwomen
pioneers throughout U.S. history, and including 28 concrete ways to take action in their name. Is there someone you would like to see celebrated? Comment below and let us know!
Today, we’re celebrating #RubyBridges
the first African American student to integrate an elementary school in the South. At just six years old, Bridges demonstrated unimaginable bravery when she was escorted by four federal marshals through a mob of protestors into New Orleans’ William Franz Elementary School on November 14, 1960.
Bridges spent her first day in the principal's office because the chaos in the school prevented her from moving to her classroom. Only one teacher, Barbara Henry, was willing to accept and teach Bridges. For the entire year, she was taught in a classroom alone. And even though threats to her safety continued, her family was banned from their local grocery store, her father lost his job, her grandparents (who were sharecroppers in Mississippi) were kicked off their land, and her parents separated, Bridges never missed a day of school.
Now 64, Bridges is the chair of the Ruby Bridges Foundation, which she formed in 1999 to promote tolerance and create change through education.
Inspired by Ruby Bridges’ fearless fight for her education? Support @girlsinc in their effort to inspire girls all across the country to be strong, smart and bold. Link in bio!
Image description: a black and white photograph of Ruby Bridges on school steps with US Marshals.
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