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Lasting impact: Bridges, United Way strive for racial justice

Six-year-old Ruby Bridges and marshals leaving William Frantz Elementary School, New Orleans, on Nov. 14, 1960. She was escorted both to and from the school while segregationist protests continued. Last week, Bridges spoke to an audience hosted by United Way on racial justice in the past, present and future. AP File photo

At 6 years old, Ruby Bridges unknowingly became a critical figure in the Civil Rights Movement. 

It was so surreal, so seldomly spoken about, that for years, she questioned whether or not it even happened. 

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