Angelina Dixson and NBC16.com Staff- Nov 17, 2021
61 years ago, six-year-old Ruby Bridges was the first African-American student to integrate into an all-white elementary school in Louisiana.
Bridges and her mother had to be escorted by federal marshals to the school every day that year to prevent violence from aggressive protesters.
Wednesday, the Lane African American Black Student Success Program organized a walk to celebrate Bridges.
Students in Springfield walked from Meadow Park to school.
"I think this is just a wonderful event that, in this day and age, we continue to celebrate diversity. And making sure we all have a safe way to get to school all together so that children can enjoy being in the community, knowing they're supported. And that everybody has the right to a free and public education," said Two Rivers-Dos Rios Elementary Principal Charlie Jett.
"It's great to have a lot of people in the community come out and support something that happened a long time ago - like Rosa Parks. I did a Rosa Parks event and another event around here," said participant Orion Sanders.
After the walk-to-school event, United Way of Lane County hosted a virtual event with Bridges and the public to discuss how to be a voice for social justice.