Was Mrs King Ruby Bridges a teacher?
Barbara Henry (born January 1, 1932) is a retired American teacher most notable for teaching Ruby Bridges, the first African-American child to attend the all-white William Frantz Elementary School, located in New Orleans.
What teacher stepped up to teach Ruby Bridges?
Barbara Henry (here with Ruby Bridges forty years later) was the ONLY Teacher at William Frantz Elementary School that DID NOT REFUSE to accept the six year old as a student, (cheers for devoted teachers). Ms Henry was the only teacher willing to teach Ruby.
What happened to Ruby Bridges son?
At 17, Ruby Bridges had a son, Craig, the first of four. The night of last July 4, he was shot to death on the streets of New Orleans. No one was arrested, Bridges says; “I think that it’s probably very, very hard to pick that investigation back up after the storm.” His death was both horrible and familiar.
Why did Barbara Henry teach Ruby?
Bridges recalls that first day, and her teacher, Barbara Henry: “Barbara came from Boston to teach me because teachers actually quit their jobs because they didn’t want to teach black kids. I remember the first day meeting her, she looked exactly like the mob outside the classroom.