At 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 14, students, staff and families from two WCCUSD schools walked to their respective school in honor of Civil Rights icon Ruby Bridges, according to WCCUSD Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Chris Hurst’s latest newsletter.
King Elementary students, families and staff met at the Richmond Courthouse on 37th and Bissell Avenue, while Ellerhorst students and families began their walk from Amber Swarz Park in Pinole.
They were among students and schools across the country paying tribute to Ruby Bridges.
At age 6 on Nov. 14, 1960, Bridges became the first African American student to desegregate an all-white elementary school in the South, famously braving crowds screaming slurs at her as she was escorted to school by federal marshals. Her lifelong activism for racial equality includes establishing The Ruby Bridges Foundation to promote tolerance and create change through education.
AAA sponsors Walk to School Day in partnership with The Ruby Bridges Foundation.