Ruby Bridges Fireside Chat

On Thursday, November 17, 2022 volunteers rolled up their sleeves to assist AAMSAZ in serving our community by assisting at the Ruby Bridges Fireside Chat. We were able to provide the Southern Arizona Community with an impactful event that made history with her-story! Learn more with the following information provided below, as well as viewing the following photos of the event provided by Joe Jackson.

  • Almost 1,000 people were inspired at Palo Verde Magnet High School in Tucson as Ruby Bridges told her story from the lens of a 6 year old being escorted by Federal Marshalls to Franz Elementary!
  • Welcomes were done in English, Spanish and an Indigenous Language to honor the land where the museum is located on the University of Arizona campus in the Student Union room 244!
  • Jimmy Hart, Director of African American Student Services invited over 300 students and families and was also a sponsor for the event. Some students were selected to ask Ruby a question.
  • Eric Brock, Principal at Palo Verde (PV) was our gracious host.  PV’s staff of Ray, Denise and Vanessa Eastman and her wonderful students who volunteered were outstanding!  
  • Tina Johnson, an advisory member, and our lead volunteer did an amazing job coordinating volunteers, making sure our Kindred Librarians were settled as they gave away over 100 books to the community by Black Authors!
  • Thank you Liana Sharp and United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona for your volunteers and leadership in working with Tina so that things came off beautifully!

Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day

The Museum encouraged schools throughout Southern Arizona to join in the Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day on November 14, 2022!

Our Title Sponsor,AAA, informed us that over 380,000 students participated in the walk to School Day in 46 states, and 1,100 schools registered and participated.

In Southern Arizona, over 15 schools participated in the walk from various school districts including Tucson Unified School District’s White ES, Miles K8, Manzo ES, Carrillo ES, Pueblo Gardens ES, Robins K8, and Erickson ES along with a select group from Bueno HS, City HS, and Agua Fria.

Thanks for honoring a “Day of Dialogue” and courage! Check out these photos provided by TUSD.

Welcome Back Event

AAMSAZ was proud to take part in the 14th Annual Welcome Back Event hosted by The University of Arizona Black Community Council.


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