The Girl in the Norman Rockwell Painting

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Born on September 8, 1954 in Tylertown, Mississippi Ruby Bridges is best known as the first African-American child to attend an all white elementary school in the South at the age of 6.

20130218-131427.jpg“I tell them that another important thing I learned in first grade is that schools can be a place to bring people together – kids of all races and backgrounds. That’s the work I focus on now, connecting our children through their schools. It’s my way of continuing what God set in motion 40 years ago when he led me up the steps of William Frantz Public School and into a new world with my teacher, Mrs. Henry – a world that under his protection has reached for beyond just the two of us in that classroom.”
– Ruby Bridges Guideposts March 2000
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Ruby Bridges & Ms Henry

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The Problem We All Live With by Norman Rockwell

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