On the morning of November 16, 1960, two black limousines pulled up in front of William T. Frantz Elementary school in New Orleans. The large crowd gathered was angry.
Four U.S. federal marshals sheltered a tiny black girl as she climbed the steps and entered the school. It was Ruby Bridges’ first day at the all white school.
I was never really afraid. However, I remember being scared when I had to walk past the empty coffins displayed at my feet every morning on my way to school. I remember being very frightened by them.
“ The marshals will take good care of you, Ruby Nell. And remember, if you get afraid, say your prayers. You can pray to God anytime, anywhere. He will always hear you.”
Dear God, I pray for me, that I will be strong and not afraid. I pray for my enemies, that you forgive them because Jesus prayed that on the cross. Amen .
By late spring the crowd outside dwindled to just a few protestors. Instead of federal marshals, a taxi driver was sent to pick Ruby up every morning. Before she knew it, it was June.