Six-year-old Ruby Bridges became a civil rights icon when she walked by angry white mobs as part of desegregating public schools in Louisiana in 1960.
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Bridges, now 65 and a civil rights speaker, author and advocate, wasn’t the first Black child to integrate a school. She was born in 1954, the same year the Supreme Court ended “separate but equal” education of African American children in Brown v. Board of Education. Southern states ignored or blocked the order.
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