The first person the Lake Hawks have chosen to honor for Black History Month is Ruby Bridges. Ruby was the first black child to attend an all-white school after desegregation in the south. Her courageous act paved the way for children across southern states to enroll at originally segregated schools. She was met with opposition and required a federal escort, but still managed to spark the final wave of racial integration leading to desegregated schools. 

 

Today Ruby is still an activist for racial equality. In 1999 she established the Ruby Bridges foundation which promotes the values of tolerance, respect, and appreciation of all differences. She chairs the foundation today and uses education to teach about racial inequality.

Next, we celebrate Willie German Jr. in honor of Black History Month. Willie was born and raised in Muskegon and has dedicated his career to educating and leading the youth of Muskegon. He currently works at Muskegon Community College as the Library Information Media-Tech Supervisor while also serving as the Muskegon City Commissioner. 

 

Willie has served on multiple boards and committees overseeing the development and safety of our youth in Muskegon. However, his work doesn’t stop at youth education. He also works hard to empower black student groups as well as fight for equal employment opportunities throughout the city. 

 

We thank Willie for his lifelong commitment to our community. We know his work has inspired many others to care for this city the same way Willie has

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