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Ruby Bridges was the first Black student to integrate into Southern all-white schools in the 1960s. 

In November 1960, Ruby Bridges, a Black elementary school student in Louisiana, stepped into an all-white school and changed history.

On Monday, Nov. 14, to honor her bravery, students from across the West Linn-Wilsonville School District walked to their schools to highlight that, no matter your age, you can change the world.

COURTESY PHOTO: WEST LINN-WILSONVILLE SCHOOL DISTRICT - Students across the district walked to school in honor of Ruby Bridges.

The day intends to show solidarity and promote civil change. While walking to school each day, Bridges, only six years old, encountered angry mobs spewing racist statements. But the first grader continued to attend school and her bravery ushered positive steps in the civil rights movement.

COURTESY PHOTO: WEST LINN-WILSONVILLE SCHOOL DISTRICT - The event was created to celebrate the first Black child to be integrated into an all-white school. Ruby Bridges experienced discrimination and bullying on a daily, yet rose to the challenge.

Students from Meridian Creek Middle School organized a walk by meeting up about 15 minutes away from their school. Each grade level at Lowrie Primary School took turns walking a loop around the school early in the morning Nov. 14.


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