The mother of civil rights activist Ruby Bridges who is also known as Lucille Bridges has died at the age of 86.
She was walking through a crowd of racist mockers with her then 6-year-old daughter when she became the first black student at her white elementary school in New Orleans.
On Tuesday evening, on his Instagram page, Ruby Bridges said: “Today our country lost a hero. Brave, progressive, champion of change. She helped change so much of my life by letting me go as a six-year-old.
Our nation today lost the mother of the Civil Rights Movement. And I lost my mother. I love you եմ thank you for that. Be at peace. ”
Bridges gave birth to Ruby in Tillertown, Mississippi in 1954. The same year that Brown v. Kansas Topeka Board of Education ended racial segregation in schools.
His daughter became an icon of the Civil Rights Movement, mentioned in Norman Rockwell’s famous “The Problem We All Live With,” depicting a little Ruby in a white dress whose notebooks’ lord surrounded by much taller US marshals.
But Ruby Bridges once hailed her parents as the driving force behind her story.
Bridges was born in 1954. On September 8, she was the eldest of five children born to Abon and Lucille Bridges. As a child, he spent a lot of time caring for his younger siblings, although he also enjoyed jumping rope, soft balls, and climbing trees.
When he was four years old, the family moved from Tillertown, Mississippi, where Bridges was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
In 1960, when she was six years old, his parents responded to a request from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to volunteer for her to integrate into the New Orleans school system, although her father was hesitant.
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