Mother of activist Ruby Bridges dies at 86

first_imgShe detailed seeing federal marshals and machine guns. “And that’s the way we lived for an entire year,” Lucille Bridges said. Still, she said her daughter’s education was worth it. “I wanted it better for my kids than it was for us,” she said.New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell called Lucille Bridges “one of the mothers of the Civil Rights Movement” in a Facebook post Tuesday. “Lucille’s strength was unbounded during this period,” the mayor said. “Her husband was reluctant when the request came from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to participate.“Lucille insisted, seeing the action as an opportunity to help all Black children, and walked Ruby, with federal marshals, past chanting and taunting white protesters and to the schoolhouse. Mother and daughter both revealed their character and courage. Today, folks recall Ruby as the little girl depicted in Norman Rockwell’s painting ‘The Problem We All Live With,’ and more recently might see a reimagining of the image now including Vice President-elect Kamala Harris walking alongside little Ruby. 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.”  – Advertisement – – Advertisement – The Georgia runoff is Jan. 5. Request an absentee ballot by Nov. 18. Early in-person voting starts Dec. 14. And REGISTER TO VOTE here by Dec. 7.And give $3 right now to rip the Senate majority from Mitch McConnell’s cold dead hands.center_img Ruby Bridges, who was born the very year the 1954 Brown vs. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas decision determined that racial segregation in schools was unconstitutional, credited her mother Lucille and her father, Abon Bridges, for the decision that ultimately made her a civil rights icon, the Associated Press reported. “Today our country lost a hero,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “Brave, progressive, a champion for change. She helped alter the course of so many lives by setting me out on my path as a six year old little girl. 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.”  The daughter of Mississippi sharecroppers, Lucille Bridges had a third-grade education but wanted more for her children, so the family moved to New Orleans, ABC-affiliated WGNO-TV reported. Years earlier, she said in an interview with the Spring Branch Independent School District that the day before her daughter’s first day of school Nov. 14, 1960, the Orleans Parish school superintendent told her and her husband “we had to pray because things were going to get really worse.” She said when she and her family arrived at the school, people were hollering “’two, four, six, eight, we don’t want to integrate.’” The crowd threw eggs and tomatoes at them, Lucille Bridges said. “And when they followed us home, they started pitching bottles and things,” the mother added.- Advertisement –last_img

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