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WHEREAS, on November 14, 1960 six year old Ruby Bridges was one of six Black children to pass the test that determined whether or not they could go to the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, LA; and

WHEREAS, of the six children who passed the test, two of the children decided to stay at their old school, and Ruby Bridges went to William Frantz Elementary School by herself, as the only African American student to attend the school; and

WHEREAS, everyday U.S. Marshals had to escort young Ruby and her mother to school where a crowd of people who didn't want her at the school yelled things at her; and

WHEREAS, as soon as Ruby Bridges entered the school, white parents pulled their own children out, and all the teachers except one refused to teach while a black child was enrolled in the school; 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

WHEREAS, Ms. Bridges went on to graduate from a desegregated high school, became a travel agent, married and raised a family. Ms. Bridges also wrote several books about her experiences as a child and she received the Carter G. Woodson Book Award for her work; and

WHEREAS, in 1999 Ruby Bridges established The Ruby Bridges Foundation to promote tolerance and create change through education and in 2000, Ms. Bridges was made an honorary deputy marshal in a ceremony in Washington, D.C.; and

WHEREAS, every year on November 14th students, staff, and teachers at participating schools 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 14, 2022, 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 24th day of October 2022

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