Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day
In partnership with the Ruby Bridges Foundation
Join Us on November 17, 2021
AAA is proud to be in partnership with the Ruby Bridges Foundation in support of the annual Walk to School Day, scheduled this year for Wednesday, November 17, 2021.
Steps Toward Change
A class of AAA School Safety Patrollers from Martin Elementary School, South San Francisco, CA learned about the civil rights icon Ruby Bridges, and her brave walk to school as she became one of the first Black children to integrate an all-white school in New Orleans. With a simple question from one student – “Why isn’t there a day for Ruby?” – an idea was sparked.
These young leaders founded Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day, with the vision of building a nationwide movement and starting a day of dialogue. Since 2018, these student leaders organize an annual walk to school day every November. This year, AAA invites you to join these students in a walk and to promote safe and inclusive schools and communities for all.
Register for Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day
Sign up with the Ruby Bridges Foundation to pledge your commitment. Join schools, students, and community groups across the country who are continuing the movement to end racism and unify our communities.Sign Up
Receive Free Event Materials
After signing up, we encourage you to download the Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day Event Resource Guide. All participating schools can also sign up to receive free event materials from AAA.Download
Apply for a Grant
To support your school in hosting a Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day, AAA has grants available and volunteers ready to help.Apply
Ruby Bridges: Civil Rights Icon & Activist
On November 14, 1960, six-year-old first-grader Ruby Bridges stepped into the history books when she integrated William Frantz Elementary School. She was not looking to make history. She just wanted to go to school and have the opportunity to learn, and to do so safely. But her courageous action and historic steps initiated the desegregation of New Orleans’ public schools.
Now, 61 years later, Ruby is looking to make sure school-age kids around our nation have that same experience. Her vision is for them to become the next generation of leaders who end racism and all forms of bullying together, one step at a time.
Creating Safe Spaces
Free educational resource from AAA on having courageous conversations about diversity and allyship.