A painting by Norman Rockwell
This painting depicts the day of November 14, 1960 on Ruby Bridges’ first day (of first grade) at William Frantz, an all-white elementary school in New Orleans. Ruby was one of the first students to integrate an all-white school. She was ridiculed, spat on and shown black baby dolls in coffins as she walked into the school. Nowadays, Ruby insists on telling her story to children only, without reporters present, because she believes children are the only hope for stopping racism before bigotry has a chance to set in.