Ruby Bridges' first day at William Frantz Elementary School was very unusual. Integration, or the sharing of schools by African American and white people, had recently become law in 1960. She was one of the first African American students to attend an all-white public school in New Orleans, Louisiana. Many people did not want her to go to the school. An angry mob yelled hateful remarks at her as she entered the school building. She had to be guarded by federal marshals to ensure her safety. But Ruby entered and stayed at the school, becoming one of the first African Americans to integrate a public school in the state of Louisiana.
Painter Norman Rockwell paid tribute to Ruby's experience in his painting, "The Problem We All Live With."
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El primer día de Ruby Bridges en la Escuela Primaria William Frantz fue muy inusual. En 1960, la integración, o el compartimiento de escuelas entre Afroamericanos y Blancos se había convertido recientemente en una ley. Ella fue una de las primeras estudiantes Afroamericanas en asistir a una escuela pública para Blancos en Nueva Orleans, Luisiana. Mucha gente no quería que fuera a la escuela. Una turba enojada le gritó comentarios odiosos al entrar en el edificio de la escuela. Tuvo que ser custodiada por alguaciles federales para garantizar su seguridad. Pero Ruby entró y se quedó en la escuela, convirtiéndose en una de los primeras Afroamericanas en integrar una escuela pública en el estado de Luisiana.
El pintor Norman Rockwell rindió homenaje a la experiencia de Ruby en su pintura, "El problema con el que todos vivimos".
Cortesía: Norman Rockwell Licensing