The Ruby Bridges Foundation

We aim to offer programs and resources to guide and support younger generations on their pathway toward a more peaceful and harmonious future.

Ruby’s Story

Six year old Ruby Bridges stepped into the history books in 1960 when she integrated 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.

My message is really that racism has no place in the hearts and minds of our children.

-Ruby Bridges

Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day

“Why isn’t there a day named after Ruby Bridges?”Maddie P

This initiative started with a question from a group of AAA School Safety Patrollers from Martin Elementary in South San Francisco. Nearly 60 years later, as they were hearing Ruby’s story for the first time, and learning about her courage and bravery, they thought there should be a day to commemorate the movement she started. These students took their idea to the State Legislature and today the Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day will be recognized by the state of California on November 14 each year. Like Ruby, they lead the way and set an example for all of us to follow.

Today, Schools like Martin Elementary and Ruby Bridges Elementary in Alameda, California and Ruby Bridges Elementary in Woodinville, Washington continue to honor Ruby’s legacy in their own way. The latest initiative being The Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day. An annual day of dialogue to commemorate her historic steps. These students will continue the conversation and take part in their own forms of activism to bring an end to racism and all forms of bullying.

Walk to School Day Event

Ruby believes the most important thing is uniting students. That is why this walk to school day is so important. It is a call to action. This day will be a day of dialogue encouraging students to participate in discussions about racism, bullying and youth activism on this day and throughout the school year. What better way to honor Ruby’s legacy. Together one step at a time.

Racism is a grown up disease, let’s stop using our kids to spread it

-Ruby Bridges

Ruby wants to hear from you!

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