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WHEREAS, Ruby Nell Bridges is an American activist who became a symbol of the civil rights movement at age six when she was the youngest of a group of African American students designated to integrate schools in the American South; and

WHEREAS, on November 14, 1960, six-year-old Ruby Bridges went to all-white William Frantz Elementary School by herself, as the only African American student to attend the school; and

WHEREAS, on her first day of school, she was escorted by four federal marshals, and spent the entire day in the principal's office as irate parents marched into the school to remove their children; and

WHEREAS, all the teachers except one refused to teach while a black child was enrolled in the school; and Barbara Henry, originally from Boston, MA was the only teacher that would teach Ruby Bridges and for the entire year Ms. Henry taught Ruby Bridges alone in the classroom; and

WHEREAS, despite the threats and protests, the Bridges family was determined to keep sending Ruby to school; she didn't miss a single day of class that year; and Ms. Bridges went on to graduate from a de-segregated high school, became a travel agent, married and raised a family; and

WHEREAS, in 1999 Ruby Bridges established The Ruby Bridges Foundation to promote "the values of tolerance, respect, and appreciation of all differences; and Ruby Bridges has asserted that, "Racism is a grown-up disease and we must stop using our children to spread it"; and

WHEREAS, every year on or about November 14th students, staff, and teachers across the country honor Ms. Bridges and the courage she carried to walk through the doors of William Franz Elementary School in 1960 by gathering before school begins, and families are asked to line up and walk through the school's gates while teachers, staff, and families welcome the students with words of love and encouragement to start the day; and

WHEREAS, the State of Nevada supports an educational environment that emphasizes inclusion, acceptance, and equality for all;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, STEVE SISOLAK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim November 17, 2021, as

RUBY BRIDGES WALK TO SCHOOL DAY IN NEVADA

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 15th day of November, 2021

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