Photos | Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day

Julie Reichle

Students on their way to school on the Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day

Hundreds of Piedmont’s elementary, middle and high school students showed up in Piedmont Park before the start of the school day on Nov. 14 to participate in the Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day — a day to commemorate an important moment in civil rights history.

On Nov. 14, 1960, six-year-old Ruby Bridges integrated William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, becoming a national icon for the civil rights movement. In 2018, fifth grade students in the South San Francisco Unified School District asked legislators to make Nov. 14 Ruby Bridges Day. The California State Senate agreed and proclaimed the day Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day.

Parents Sarah Eisemon and Laura Edeen organized the first Piedmont Ruby Bridges event last year for the three elementary schools. This year they reached out to Jean Takazawa who leads the Affinity Mentors program in the school district to bring in middle and high school students.

“A warm thank you to everyone in our community and beyond who celebrated Ruby Bridges and her message of kindness, inclusion and activism with us,” said Eisemon.

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