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New Orleans’ Youngest Civil Rights Activists: The Story of the McDonogh Three

Back in 2017, when New Orleans was a flashpoint for the controversial removal of Confederate monuments, I remember walking by a school near my house. In the courtyard was a small monument, visible through a fence to passers-by, of a little African American girl with a ribbon in her hair, and the words “Honoring the Power of Children” inscribed on it. The school was William Frantz Elementary School, and the girl was six-year-old Ruby Bridges who, on the morning of Nov. 14, 1960, bravely walked up its front steps to desegregate it.



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