"My message is really that racism has no place in the hearts and minds of our children." - Ruby Bridges
On this day in 1960, a 6-year-old girl named Ruby Bridges became the first African American to attend William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans. She had to be escorted by U.S. Marshals for protection. White parents immediately pulled children from classrooms -- more than 500 kids left school that day. On her second day, no other children in her class were in attendance.
Bridges met with President Barack Obama in 2011. Standing in the White House before the Norman Rockwell painting that immortalized her first day of school, Obama told her, "I think it's fair to say that if it hadn't been for you guys, I might not be here and we wouldn't be looking at this together."