Born in Tylerville, Mississippi
Moved to New Orleans at the age of four.
Went to kindergarten at a all black school Johnson Locket Elementary School.
Took a test to see if she should be integrated into a white school.
Contacted by the NAACP and told she passed the school board test and she was going to a integrated school.
Ruby couldn't start her first grade year at the new school because law makers found a way to slow down integration. Judge made a new deadline for November 14th.
Riots broke out on the streets of New Orleans and there were many protests during the first week of school integration.
Ruby was picked up by U.S. Marshals who drove her to her new school. On the first day of school all she did was sit in the principal's office with her mother and was not aloud to go to class. When they left the school there was a huge crowd protesting against integration.
Ruby met her first white teacher Mrs.Henry. She was taught in a classroom by herself and was not aloud to go to the cafeteria or to go outside for recess.
Returned from Thanksgiving break protesters and crowds getting smaller in front of the school. People from around the country mailed letters of encouragement and sent gifts to help support Ruby and her family.
Bonded with Mrs.Henry though the winter and started to enjoy school. Started to meet with Dr.Coles the psychiatrist. Ruby had trouble eating and sleeping because of being stressed.
Towards the end of the school year Ruby visited with some of the children. She received excellent grades from Mrs.Henry but the principle wanted to make them lower.
Ruby went on to second grade with a new teacher and a full class and there were no protesters outside for her new school year.