Lucille Bridges was a human rights activist fighting racism. She is known for taking her 6-year-old daughter Ruby to school in New Orleans in 1960. The school was exclusively for whites, and she did it so under the guard of federal marshals, while protesters chanted loudly and threw eggs. Thus, she broke through the segregated educational system of the South at that time, when it was very difficult, and it can be considered a heroic act. It did not mean that she and her daughter took a walk to a white school, but enrolled her Ruby in that school. Both walked bravely, as they approached the school with loud rage from the racists, it can be said while they were being abused. It was November 14, 1960, and it was William Frantz Elementary School. In doing so, this brave woman put into practice what the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which ruled that school segregation was unconstitutional. This brave woman died on Tuesday at her home in the Uptown section of New Orleans. She was 86.
How much racism is at stake when it takes courage to enforce the law?
The scene was immortalized in the Norman Rockwell painting “The Problem We All Live With,” originally published in Look magazine as a two-page spread.
Lucille accompanied her daughter to school every day throughout the year, due to the rage of the protesters, according to the National Women's History Museum.
“She was very determined, and she took education very seriously,” Ruby Bridges, an author, and activist, said in an interview on Wednesday. “I think it was because it was something that neither her nor my father was allowed to have. And ultimately that’s what she wanted for her kids — having a better life for them.”
Little to say horror, what Ruby went through every day on the way to school, and no words to explain the maternal sacrifice.