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Today Is the Anniversary of Ruby Bridges’ “Historic” First Day of School…

This is why our children must learn history…

Six years ago, I was teaching young, impressionable first graders, who came from diverse cultures… brown and black…We were a celebration of “Rainbow Ethnicity”…

I felt it was my role to provide them with their history at a developmentally appropriate level that would embolden their spirit…I made sure they had that understanding…

I, myself growing up during the civil rights of the sixties, and began teaching in the seventies when our schools were recently integrated…I would tell the children their history from my own experiences of those times…

This gave them such insight and a feeling of empowerment…They were proud of who they were…

On this day in 1960, six-year-old Ruby Bridges was escorted into William Frantz Elementary School by a team of U.S. Deputy Marshals, desegregating the public school system of New Orleans…

In 2011, the painting was put on display at the White House and Ruby Bridges Hall visited with President Barack Obama; “I think it’s fair to say if it hadn’t been for you guys, I might not be here and we wouldn’t be looking at this together,” he told her.

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Retired elementary public school teacher; all thirty-eight years in Florida... Now spending my time advocating for our children, and their right to strong public school education...With an appreciation for the arts and the beauty in each day…

2 thoughts on “Today Is the Anniversary of Ruby Bridges’ “Historic” First Day of School…

  1. Dear Janis, reading your words and watching the video reminds me that we are All One, regardless of superficial differences in appearance. It also tells me that my determination to revert to being a Child at Heart at my……advanced age is justified. We do ourselves a disservice if we think we cannot learn anything from our Children or the Child Within. Love, joy and peace, Andrew.

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    1. Dearest Andrew… It is so wonderful hearing from you!!
      I pray all is well…
      We certainly have been living though such challenging times…
      And it is such a blessing to continue this fight… Holding onto our spirit…
      For our precious children…💞🙏🏼🌈🌍

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