Honoring Black History Month: Ruby Nell Bridges

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Lindsey Hur, Staff Writer

In honor of Black History Month, we will honor Ruby Nell Bridges. She was a civil rights activist and the first child to desegregate William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana. When Bridges was four, she moved to New Orleans, Louisiana; and when she was six her parents agreed to a request from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the request was to integrate Bridges to the New Orleans school system. Bridges was able to attend a segregated kindergarten, once she took the test she was moved to William Frantz Elementary School alone. Bridges faced judgement from all sides by white parents who would pull their children away, from others who would protest against her, as well as from teachers who refused to teach her. As time passed the people that took time to get to know her accepted her and supported her and her family.