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A 6-Year-Old Girl Walked Into A School — And 500 Kids Were Removed Because Of It

Can you imagine going to the first day of school to find 500 kids taken home by their parents — because of you? That's what happened to a 6-year-old girl who had no idea of the hate and ignorance surrounding her at the time.Ruby Bridges was the first African-American to attend a white elementary school in 1960 in New Orleans. She made history that day — but all she knew was that she was starting a new day of school and that she should make some new friends.

A 6-Year-Old Girl Walked Into A School — And 500 Kids Were Removed Because Of It

This is episode 5 of "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr." It airs Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m. ET on PBS. The episode examines the long road to civil rights, when the deep contradictions in American society finally became unsustainable.
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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.