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Ruby Bridges Historic Walk Anniversary

November 14, 2013

Staff Reports --

Norman Rockwell 's 'The Problem We All Live With.'
Norman Rockwell 's 'The Problem We All Live With.'

Today marks the anniversary of the day Ruby Bridges' historic walk following the court-ordered first day of integrated schools in New Orleans.

On Nov. 14, 1960, the parents of 6-year-old Bridges took part in a request from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and volunteered their daughter to participate in the integration of the New Orleans School system. She is known as the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South, which was William Frantz Elementary School.

The historical day was commemorated by Norman Rockwell in the painting "The Problem We All Live With."

According to a conversation with PBS in 1997, Bridges said her mother prepared her for what was to come: "That first morning I remember mom saying as I got dressed in my new outfit, 'Now, I want you to behave yourself today, Ruby, and don't be afraid. There might be a lot of people outside this new school, but I'll be with you.'"

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