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.
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. 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. On her first day of school four U.
She was the first African-American child to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana during the New Orleans school desegregation crisis on 14 November Bridges was the eldest of five children born to Abon and Lucille Bridges. In , when she was six years old, her parents responded to a request from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People NAACP and volunteered her to participate in the integration of the New Orleans school system, even though her father was hesitant. Bridges was born during the middle of the Civil Rights Movement.
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