Lucille Commadore Bridges, the mom of civil rights activist Ruby Bridges that escorted her then-6-year-old daughter to an all-white elementary school in New Orleans back in 1960 has passed aged 86. As reported by her daughter, the cause was cancer.
Ruby Bridges posted a touching tribute to her late mother on Instagram, accompanied by a photo of Lucille holding her hand as they walked out of William Frantz Elementary School in 1960 – guarded by four federal agents.
Ruby wrote that today our country lost a hero. Lucille was a brave, progressive champion for change, and she helped alter the course of so many lives by setting her daughter out on her path aged six.
“Our nation lost a Mother of the Civil Rights Movement today. And I lost my mom. I love you and am grateful for you. May you Rest In Peace.” – she added in her heart-wrenching post.
The photo became one of the most iconic images of the Civil Rights era.
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During an interview, Ruby said that her mother was very determined, and she took education very seriously. She believes it was like that because neither Lucille nor her husband, Ruby’s father, was allowed to have an education. Ultimately, that’s what she wanted for her kids, and for every black kid in America – a better life.
The National Women’s History Museum reports that Lucille took her daughter to school every day for a whole year because of continuing protests.
“All those people calling us names, you just have to charge that to their ignorance and just go on. Be yourself, and God will bring you through.” – she said in one instance. May she Rest in peace.