Rest in power, Lucille Bridges:… "Ms. Bridges and her husband met with the school district superintendent before Ruby began classes. The superintendent explained that...they should pray, because things were about to get much worse, she recalled."
"The marshals who took Ruby to and from school were heavily armed and kept a machine gun in their car. 'And that’s the way we lived it for a whole year,' Lucille Bridges said."
"The N.A.A.C.P. supported Lucille and Abon Bridges for several years because they had lost their jobs when the integration of the school made headlines. Friends in their all-Black neighborhood took turns guarding their home."
"Later in life, Ms. Bridges did not harbor ill will against the protesters. 'All those people calling us names, you just have to charge that to their ignorance and just go on,' she said. 'Be yourself, and God will bring you through.'"
I wish I had an ounce of that grace.
“'Study, listen to what their teachers tell them, and their mothers and fathers,' Lucille Bridges advised children during the 2016 interview. '... I would love for them to just listen to my story so they can know how hard it was for my kids to go to school.'"
People are always surprised about how young Ruby Bridges still is - she's 66. This is recent history.

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