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Ruby Bridges quilt

Ruby Bridges: What A Difference A School Makes
Marion Coleman
Castro Valley, California
41 1/4” x 41 1/2”
MSUM 2012:107.1
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved Michigan State University Museum

In 1960,when Ruby Nell Bridges Hall was six years old, her parents responded to a call from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and volunteered her to participate in the integration of the New Orleans School system. She is known as the first African American child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South. Ruby Bridges still lives in New Orleans, now heads the
Ruby Bridges Foundation, and is a regular guest speaker regarding her own story and the racial divide at universities, corporations, and civic groups.

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