Fake news claim:
A viral message making round on Facebook that an American civil rights activist Ruby Bridges is only 65 as of early 2020.
Facts Check Verdict: True
Tell your kids about Ruby Bridges, the first black child at an all-white public elementary school in Louisiana.
She turned 65 this year.
She’s only 65.
The facebook page shared the meme, which claimed that an American civil rights activist Ruby Bridge is just 65 years old:
Ruby Bridges is an American civil rights activist. 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 1960. She is also a part of the young figure in painter Norman Rockwell’s 1963 work, The Problem We All Live With.
Ruby Nell Bridges was born on September 8, 1954, in Tylertown, Mississippi. She turned 65 on September 8 2019, Ruby Bridges was six when she became the first African American child to integrate a white Southern elementary school. Bridges was one of six black children in New Orleans to pass the test that determined whether they could go to the all-white William Frantz Elementary School.
On November 14, 1960, she was escorted to class by her mother and U.S. marshals due to violent mobs. Bridges' brave act was a milestone in the civil rights movement, and she's shared her story with future generations in educational forums.
She was one of only six African American students to pass the test. Bridges would be the only African American student to attend the William Frantz School, near her home, and the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South.