Today is Ruby Bridges Day, to commemorate a brave little girl's entry into an all-white school on November 14, 1960.
When Bridges attended the school, white parents would take their children out; all teachers declined to teach while a black child was enlisted. Only one teacher agreed to teach Ruby and that was Barbara Henry, from Boston, Massachusetts, and for over a year Mrs. Henry taught only Ruby, "as if she were teaching a whole entire class." Every morning, as Bridges strolled to school, one lady would threaten to poison her; because of this, the U.S. Marshals dispatched by President Eisenhower, who were overseeing her safety, only permitted Ruby to consume food that she only brought from home. Another woman at the school put a black baby doll in a wooden coffin and protested with it outside the school, a sight that Bridges said "scared me more than the nasty things people screamed at us." At her mother's suggestion, Bridges began to pray on the way to school, which she found provided security from the remarks yelled at her on the daily basis.