Join students from around the country November 16th, 2022 in a walk for justice and take steps to build a better future where racism, and all forms of bullying, have no place.
Register your event at the link below before Nov. 5th. We will provide registered schools with:
- Prizes (Ruby Bridges stickers and bookmarks)
- Promotional materials
- Assistance with creating a walk or march for your event
We have partnered with the Beaverton City Library to encourage students to take a walk to their nearest library branch this month, closed 11/11. 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.
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.