BROOKLINE – The Public Schools of Brookline is pleased to announce that the renaming ceremony for the Florida Ruffin Ridley School will be held this Friday.
The ceremony will be held on Friday, Feb. 26 starting at 3:30 p.m. Community members will be able to view a livestream of the event on the Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) page here.
Due to the ongoing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, only a small group will gather for the in-person ceremony at the school. The ceremony will feature remarks by those closely involved with the renaming process, including representatives of the student committee, Town Meeting members who filed the original petition, and local historians who will share their research about the school’s distinguished namesake and about the history of slavery in Brookline that prompted the school renaming process.
Media may attend the in-person event only with prior RSVP to [email protected]. In-person attendance is limited in order to adhere to all Massachusetts regulations for outdoor events.
This ceremony represents the culmination of the hard work of many dedicated Brookline residents to ensure that the school be named for a person whose life and accomplishments reflect the values of the community.
Those who would like to learn more about the school’s distinguished namesake are encouraged to read the research shared by Hidden Brookline, available here. Information about the process to change the name of the school is available here.
A recording of the event will be posted on BIG’s YouTube channel after the event.