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Ruby Bridges

American Activist, Child Empowerment Advocate

Speaker's Fee Range : $30,000 - $50,000
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  Ruby Bridges Profile

Ruby's amazing show of strength and courage has profoundly affected education in America today. Ruby Bridges was born in Mississippi in 1954, the same year the United States Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision ordering the integration of public schools.

Her parents decided to move to New Orleans because they heard of better opportunities in the city. In 1960, when Ruby Bridges was only six years old, she became one of the first black children to integrate New Orleans' all white public school system. Greeted by an angry mob and escorted by federal marshals, Ruby bravely crossed the threshold of this school and into history single-handedly initiating the desegregation of New Orleans' public schools. All of the white teachers, except for Mrs. Barbara Henry of Boston, refused to teach her. Ruby was her only student during the entire year as parents withdrew their children and boycotted the school. Angry protesters yelled at Ruby and held up intimidating signs and symbols as she walked into the building. Still, she held her head high as went to school every day never missing a day that whole year.

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