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In 1960, a 6-year-old girl named Ruby Bridges became a powerful symbol of the Civil Rights Movement when she began attending the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans. It was a turbulent time for race relations in the south as riots and demonstrations raged across the city. Protesters were trying to not only harass the black children but keep the white children away, as well, in an attempt to prove that desegregation wouldn’t work. In the end, Ruby was the only student in first-grade teacher Barbara Henry’s class for more than one year.
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Civil Rights Pioneer Ruby Bridges on Her First-Grade Teacher: “She Showed Me Her Heart” | Oprah: Where Are They Now? | OWN
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