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Freedom Fighter at a Young Age...Ruby Bridges

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Freedom Fighter at a Young Age...Ruby Bridges

Chloe McClure            North Middle              Grade 8

One of my favorite American heroes is Ruby Bridges.  She was only six years old when she enrolled in an all-white school in New Orleans.  I consider her to be very brave as African-American students in the South, at that time, went to segregated (separate) schools . 

On the first day of school, parents from the school yelled terrible words to her and threatened to poison her food.  Still, she continued to attend the school and through the support of her teacher and her parents, she made it through that tough year.

Ruby Bridges is still alive to this day and she still encourages equal rights for all Americans, especially children. 

I read in the dictionary that a civil right is something we are “guaranteed by law.”  For example; we have the right of free speech and the right to vote.  Kids have most of the same rights as adults, but the right to vote occurs when you are 18.

I wish it was a right to not be bullied.  Bullies do and say things that are mean to others.  Bullies make people sad and not wanting to be at school.  I wish that we also had the right to have friends.  I think if we had more time to talk at school, we could make friends.

Ruby Bridges is someone I think I would like.  She understands being bullied and she understands how important rights are.

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