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Ruth Acty taught in Berkeley Unified School District for 50 years, and was a key part of efforts to integrate school staff in the early 1940s.

Read BUSD’s biography of Ruth Acty, who was born in Oakland on July 13, 1913.

Update Dec. 10: The Berkeley Unified School Board approved the name change during their meeting on Wednesday night.

Original story: Ruth Acty, the first Black teacher in the Berkeley Unified School District, could be the new namesake for Jefferson Elementary School if the board of directors approves the move on Wednesday.

The push to rename the school came with the board’s Black Lives Matter resolution in June, which recognized that the third U.S. president, Thomas Jefferson, owned enslaved people.

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