Ruby Bridges was the first African-American child to desegregate an all-white elementary school in the US South. On her first day at William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans in 1960, six-year-old Bridges was met by a vicious mob and had to be escorted to school by US Marshals. The harassment continued throughout the year and Bridges was taught in a class by herself due to a boycott by the other children's parents. The following year, when she returned for second grade, the mobs were gone and more African-American students joined her at the school. For more stories about the Civil Rights Movement, visit our special feature on Top Mighty Girl Books on Civil Rights History. For more inspiring stories of remarkable real-life and fictional girls, visit our Mighty Girls section.
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