Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day
** PPS will be celebrating Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day on December 14, 2023 due to school closures in November. Schools are encouraged to select another reschedule date if it works better for their school community. **
Six year old Ruby Bridges stepped into the history books November 14, 1960, when she became one of the first students to integrate William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, becoming a national icon for the civil rights movement. Today her story continues to inspire the next generation of leaders to end racism together one step at a time. Since 2018, students have celebrated Ruby’s courage by walking to school and recognizing her contributions to the civil rights movement.
Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day (RBWTSD) is the perfect opportunity to teach children about the civil rights movement and make connections to today's collective efforts for change. RBWTSD gives children the opportunity to celebrate Ruby's courage by walking to school. Incentives like Ruby Bridges stickers and bookmarks will be available for ordering throughout October.
Posters and RBWTSD bingo cards available at https://www.oregonsaferoutes.org/rbwtsd/.
In 1954 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 William Frantz Elementary School on her own.