She was the first African-American child to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana during the New Orleans school desegregation crisis on 14 November Bridges was the eldest of five children born to Abon and Lucille Bridges. In , when she was six years old, her parents responded to a request from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People NAACP and volunteered her to participate in the integration of the New Orleans school system, even though her father was hesitant. Bridges was born during the middle of the Civil Rights Movement. Brown v. Board of Education was decided three months and twenty-two days before Bridges' birth.
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The second clip of the seven-year-old was captured by Long Island Herald Executive Editor, Scott Brinton, is being widely shared on social media. With over 19 million views, the video sparked a debate about the anger over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis that has spilled on to the streets in the form of protests across the nation. This little girl is among the BlackLivesMattter protesters in Merrick. More at LIHerald tonight. Many also lamented that the situation was so bad that little children also had to fight for their rights instead of being able to enjoy their childhood. And black Americans have been subjected to racism since birth for centuries. This is so beautiful. No one that tiny should have to fight that hard. Babies should not have to do this. For a baby have to do this is not some bright light for the future.
Because of threats of violence against her, she is escorted by four deputy U. The white protesters are not visible, as the viewer is looking at the scene from their point of view. The painting was originally published as a centerfold in the January 14, , issue of Look.