MB’s Lower School Commemorates Ruby Bridges Walk To School Day

On the morning of November 14, Lower School took part in the Ruby Bridges Walk To School Day, gathering together on the Campanella Field track.

“Today we are commemorating the Ruby Bridges Walk To School Day. Many schools across the country are taking time to commemorate Ruby Bridges and her bravery…,” said Head of Lower School OJ Martí.

Ruby Bridges made history on this day back in 1960 when she was the first African American child to desegregate William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, helping to lead the way for Civil Rights action in the American south. Today her story inspires a new generation of leaders to work toward ending racism.

Our teachers have been discussing this important topic with students.

Before walking, OJ read a statement to participants from Ruby Bridges:

“By joining me today, you have made it clear that you are ready to take steps to building a better future where racism, and all forms of bullying, have no place. We are walking together today and talking about ideas I have been discussing with kids throughout the country for years! The solution is really very simple: Treat others as you would want them to treat you. Basically, practicing the golden rule… This is such an exciting day for me. Sixty-one years ago, I stepped out of the Marshall’s car and walked into my new school…

I am hoping that you realize that by participating in the walk today, you too are an activist. Some changemakers inspire others through simple actions while others take on a louder role. But each person has an important part in shaping our future. Every day you can decide to be kind, to help each other out, and to say no to bullying. I know that if we can commit to making that change together today, and each day going forward, that we will change the world together. Together, one step at a time we can commit to a better tomorrow, and to stomp out racism and bullying!”

Find out more about Ruby Bridges Walk To School Day.