Civil Rights Icon Ruby Bridges Continues Her Fight Against Racism in Schools

Ruby Bridges

Ruby Bridges is famously known for being the first African-American child to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana during the New Orleans school desegregation crisis.

However, her legacy doesn't stop there. Bridges is now the founder of the Ruby Bridges Foundation in New Orleans. This foundation "promotes tolerance, respect, and appreciation of people’s differences," according to Hilbert College.

The college site comments: "Through education, the Ruby Bridges Foundation strives to end racism." She has made some incredible steps in this fight. She states, "Racism is a grown-up disease. Let's stop using our kids to spread it."

Her actions back up her dreams though, even to the point of becoming an "honorary deputy marshal in a ceremony in Washington, DC" back in 2000.