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Ruby Bridges Walk to school Day!

Ruby Bridges Walk to school Day November 14th

Join students from around the country November 14th, 2023 in a walk for justice and take steps to build a better future where racism, and all forms of bullying, have no place. 

Thank you for your interest in celebrating this event! Because this is an optional event, please check with your school or PTO group to find out if your school is participating. Interested schools must register by Nov. 1st in order to receive planning assistance and prizes.

We have partnered with the Beaverton City Library to create a story walk for students to visit at Library Park in front of the main library branch from 11/1 - 11/15, closed 11/11. Students who visit the story walk can scan a QR code and enter to win a copy of the book, "I am Ruby Bridges.” This is a great opportunity for students to use their Student Library Card and check out books about Ruby Bridges. New students to BSD this year, will receive their Student Library Card by mail before winter break.

photo of student library cards

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.