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Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day

November 17, 2021

“Join students across the country, November 17th, 2021 for a walk to school to celebrate Ruby Bridges. Check out some great resources to learn more about Ruby and her journey below. Use the links to register your school’s participation and sign up for free prizes to distribute to students at your event. Contact us for more ideas and support.


Who is Ruby Bridges?

In 1945 the US Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Brown v. the Board of Education ended racial segregation in public schools. However, southern states continued to resist. Ruby spent kindergarten in a segregated classroom. In 1960 a federal court ordered Louisiana schools to desegregate. The school district created an entrance exam to see if African American students could handle being in an all-white school. Ruby and five other students passed the exam. The six students were to be sent to two different all-white schools. The school district delayed their start and Ruby’s first day of school was November 14, 1960. A few days before the start of school, the two African American students who were going to attend with Ruby, decided to stay in their home school. Ruby braved Frantz Elementary School on her own.”