Ruby Bridges

Ruby Bridges

Ruby Bridges 1954 –

At age six, Ruby Bridges advanced the cause of civil rights in November 1960 when she became the first African American student to integrate an elementary school in the South (New Orleans).

A lifelong activist for racial equality, in 1999, Ruby established The Ruby Bridges Foundation to promote tolerance and create change through education. In 2000, she was made an honorary deputy marshal in a ceremony in Washington, DC.

National Women’s History Museum

National Park Service