Lucille Bridges, mother of activist Ruby Bridges, dies at 86

Lucille Bridges poses July 20, 2006, next to the original 1964 Norman Rockwell painting, “The Problem We All Live With,” showing her daughter Ruby, inside the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. (Steve Ueckert/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)

NEW ORLEANS — Lucille Bridges, the mother of civil rights activist Ruby Bridges, who walked with her then-6-year-old daughter past crowds screaming racist slurs as she became the first Black student at her all-white New Orleans elementary school, has died at the age of 86.