H.Res. XX: Recognizing and honoring the 50th anniversary of Ruby Bridges desegregating a previously all-white public elementary school

H.Res. XX

Recognizing and honoring the 50th anniversary of Ruby Bridges desegregating a previously all-white public elementary school

Sponsor
Rep. John Lewis

Date
November 16, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact

Floor Situation

H.Res. ___is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Monday, November 15, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds Majority vote for passage.  The legislation was introduced by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) on November 15, 2010.

Bill Summary

H.Res. __ would resolve that the House of Representatives:

  • “Recognizes and honors the 50th anniversary of Ruby Bridges desegregating a previously all-white public elementary school;
  • “Encourages all Americans to recognize the historical importance of the desegregation of elementary schools and Ruby Bridges, who not only secured integration for William Frantz Elementary School, but hundreds of thousands of schools across the country; and
  • “Commits itself, in the wake of recent challenges, to continuing the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education by protecting and advancing equal educational opportunity for all.”

Background

According to the resolution’s findings, six years after the Brown decision, on November 14, 1960, Ruby Bridges, at the age of six, was the first black child to integrate the previously all-white William Frantz Elementary school.