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Ruby Bridges on how she helped change America


Fifty years ago, six-year-old Ruby Bridges walked into a Louisiana school and made history as the first African-American to attend an all-white elementary school in the American South.

Ruby endured screaming crowds and demeaning threats, but her experience paved the way for generations to come and inspired a famous painting by Norman Rockwell.

In this First Person account, Ruby returned to her former school in New Orleans and talks about the pivotal role she played in breaking down racial barriers.


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