Ruby Bridges re-united with Marshal who protected her in 1960
Ruby Bridges, a civil rights icon who became famous when she was just 6-years-old, was reunited with 91-year-old Charles Burks in Indianapolis for the first time since 1960.
Burks was one of four U.S. Marshals who escorted Bridges past an angry crowd into William Frantz School, an all-white school in New Orleans.
Now, Burks and Bridges are urging young people to create a movement of their own.
“Looking at it today, I understand that it changed the face of education,” Bridges says. “It was very, very important. For a long time I thought it was a part of history that was kind of swept under the rug.”
The Burks says while his mission was to protect Ruby, he never realized the magnitude that moment would have in history and he calls protecting her the highlight of his entire life.