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Lucille Bridges, mom the Black first-grader who built-in an all-White faculty, dies at 86

“Brave, progressive, a champion for change,” Ruby Bridges wrote of her mother. “She helped alter the course of so many lives by setting me out on my path as a six year old little girl.”

That champion for change — Lucille Bridges — has died at age 86.

“Today our country lost a hero,” Ruby Bridges wrote on her Instagram web page. “Our nation lost a Mother of the Civil Rights Movement today. And I lost my mom. I love you and am grateful for you. May you Rest In Peace.”

In the photograph Ruby Bridges posted, Lucille Bridges is seen holding Ruby’s hand whereas strolling her out of William Frantz Elementary School with 4 federal brokers at their facet.

A distinct depiction of that very same scene is without doubt one of the Civil Rights period’s most iconic photographs, thanks partially to the 1964 portray by Norman Rockwell, “The Problem We All Live With.”

On Nov. 14, 1960, Ruby Bridges turned the primary Black pupil to attend the college after a federal decide ordered the Orleans Parish School Board to desegregate because of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court determination.

Ruby Bridges was one in every of 4 Black youngsters within the district to use, achieve acceptance and in the end attend a beforehand all-White faculty that 12 months.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell commented Tuesday on Lucille Bridges’ passing, calling her “one of the mothers of the Civil Rights Movement in New Orleans.”

“Lucille … walked Ruby, with federal marshals, past chanting and taunting white protesters and to the schoolhouse. Mother and daughter both revealed their character and courage,” Cantrell wrote in a collection of tweets.

She added, “I think I speak for all mothers who want the best for their children when I hope for the same moral courage, bravery and love as that of Lucille Bridges. May she rest in God’s perfect peace.”

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