This month we asked the students to research and write reports on various African American figures in history. The students were self-directed and did the research and the writing on their own.
"Two, four, six, eight, we don't want to integrate," are the words of angry white people that Ruby Bridges Hall remembers from November 14, 1960 in New Orleans - the day public schools were integrated. She didn't know what it meant and why white people were trying to keep her from education. It was her first day as a first grader at William Frantz in the Ninth Ward.
She remembers the white federal marshals escorting her from the car and into the building. She had to stay in the principal's office that day. White parents took their children out of school.
Her father at first did not like the idea of his daughter going to an integrated school. Her mother wanted her daughter to get an equal education and take a stand. Because of their actions, her father was fired from his job and Ruby's grandparents were forced to leave their farm where they were sharecroppers for 25 years. Her parents walked through it all with her.
Ruby Bridges Hall was the guest speaker at the third annual Martin Luther King Jr. convention in the Performing Arts Center.
Bill Cosby (Jr.) was born in 1937 on July 12th in Philadelphia, USA. Bill Cosby was a great comedian and still is. Bill cosby left his high school and joined the US navy without getting his diploma. Not too long ago, he did the show, "Kids Say the Darnest Things." It is very funny. He appeared on The Tonight Show, staring Johny Carson in 1965. The Cosby Show was Bill Cosbys most successful work. It played from 1965-1968 on NBC. Fatherhood was his best selling book in 1986. He earned eight Grammys from his good comedy records. One of his successful cartoons was "Fat Albert." Many people liked that. Most of the shows he was in were funny. In 1989 he wrote a book titled, Love and Marriage, and in 1987 he wrote Time Flies. Bill Cosby first became really known to television when he was in "I Spy," a weekly lighthearted adventure series that ran from 1965-1968. In that he played a secret agent. He starred in a prime time series and he was the first African American to do that.