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Milton Third Grader Inspires Proclamation by Mayor of Washington DC

November 22, 2019 by Ronit Greenstein (Faculty and Staff)

A few months ago, Milton third grader Temima Genauer wrote a letter to DC Mayor Muriel Bowser asking her to declare a “Ruby Bridges Day.” Temima fell in love with learning about Ruby when she was in Kindergarten, and has read many children’s books about her. She wrote to the Mayor asking for a day to honor Ruby Bridges and celebrate her bravery.

Last week, Mayor Muriel Bowser, joined by Temima and her family, proclaimed November 14, 2019 “Ruby Bridges Day.” The official announcement took place at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The proclamation was made on the 59th anniversary of the day that Ruby became the first African American child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South. Check out the photo of Temima and the Mayor displaying the proclamation on a historic day. Kol Hakavod to Temima!