Ruby Nell Bridges Hall is famous for being the very first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South. When she turned four, her family relocated to New Orleans Louisiana. When she was just 6, her parents volunteered her to participate in integration of the New Orleans School system. In , Ruby was one of the 6 black children in New Orleans to pass the test that was used to determine whether or not black kids could join an all- white school. She joined the school while the other 5 children went elsewhere. Ruby was the only child assigned to William Frantz. Her dad was at first not okay with the idea, but after a while, her mother, who believed Ruby would get better education in that school, convinced Mr. As soon as Ruby joined the all white school, some white parents pulled their kids out of the school. All the teachers in the school refused to teach since a black girl was in the school.
Ruby Bridges worked as a travel agent before becoming a stay-at-home mother. In she began working as parent liaison at the grade school she had attended, and in she formed the Ruby Bridges Foundation to promote tolerance and unity. At the age of six she was the youngest of a group of African American students sent to all-white schools in order to integrate schools in the American South in response to a court order. For the first year, she was escorted by marshals and was taught by a single teacher, while white parents pulled their children from the school and shouted threats and insults. She went to school every single day, and by the next year more black students and white students began attending together.
She is known for being the first black child to attend an all- white elementary school in the South. She went to William Frantz Elementary School. When she was 4 years old, the family moved to New Orleans, Louisiana. In , when she was 6 years old, her parents allowed her to participate in the integration of the New Orleans School system. In a decision, Brown v. Board of Education , the U. Supreme Court made Racial segregation against the law. Ruby was chosen to attend the all-white William Frantz Elementary School. The school board said black children could attend the first grade if they passed a test. Bridges passed a test.
At the tender age of six, Ruby Bridges advanced the cause of civil rights in November when she became the first African American student to integrate an elementary school in the South. When Ruby was two years old, her parents moved their family to New Orleans, Louisiana in search of better work opportunities. Nonetheless, southern states continued to resist integration, and in , Ruby attended a segregated New Orleans kindergarten. A year later, however, a federal court ordered Louisiana to desegregate. The school district created entrance exams for African American students to see whether they could compete academically at the all-white school. Ruby and five other students passed the exam. Her parents were torn about whether to let her attend the all-white William Frantz Elementary School, a few blocks from their home. Meanwhile, the school district dragged its feet, delaying her admittance until November