Ruby Bridges, the first Black child to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana in 1960, was the latest person to take over Selena Gomez’s Instagram to share her story.
Bridges, 65, was only 6-years-old when she made history attending an all-white school. Her mother and her had to escorted by four federal marshals so she could safely attend school on the first day. In the days following, Bridges went on her own with only the federal marshals.
You’ve probably seen photos of 6 year old Ruby Bridges. Today, she’s taking over my Instagram account to talk about her experience and I’m so honored. Follow along: https://t.co/Csd2UKjaMx pic.twitter.com/PBdQVdjvP4
— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) June 14, 2020
Many parents pulled their children from the school as soon as a Black child started to attend and only one teacher would teach Bridges for the first year.
Bridges shared never “seen before” footage taken during the Civil Rights Movement of 1960 of Daisy Gabriel, a mother trying to bring her Brown daughter to school, on the same day Bridges started and the harassment she received not only in the street but at home.
“It is such a heart wrenching video to see the sacrifices she had to make trying to bring her daughter to school that day as well. It was important to me to show her story to the world,” Bridges wrote.
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This footage hasn’t been seen before now. It will show the courage that our Black & Brown Families had during the Civil Rights Movement of 1960! I also wanted to highlight a story that’s connected to my story. I felt like it was important to show our Brown brothers and sisters that they were also involved in the Civil Rights Movement, especially that day when I entered the school. You will see footage that highlights the courageous Gabriel family and moments around Daisy Gabriel, a mother who was trying to bring her daughter to school the day that I integrated the school. It is such a heart wrenching video to see the sacrifices she had to make trying to bring her daughter to school that day as well. It was important to me to show her story to the world. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ It’s your legacy too!⠀ ⠀ ⠀ United We Must Continue Stand! ⠀ To see the documentary, “The Children Were Watching”, in its entirety, please click the link in my bio @RubyBridgesOfficial. Special Thxs to Drew Associates for providing the Amazing Footage, @brnctt @leovolcy for their editing expertise and our Sister in the Struggle … SELENA🙏🏽⠀ ⠀ — Ruby Bridges (@rubybridgesofficial)
Bridges also encouraged everyone following along to vote.
Gomez has handed over the reins on her Instagram account to a number of Black voices so they can expand their reach including Black trans activist Raquel Willis, Kendrick Sampson, Michael Render (Killer Mike), Professor Ibram X. Kendi, Professor Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, Kimberlé Crenshaw and Black Lives Matter co-creator Alicia Garza.