This photo of a 6-year-old in her Ruby Bridges costume is both powerful and adorable.
Little Jodie, who lives in Arkansas, was so inspired by Ruby Bridges’ story, that she chose to pay homage to the civil rights icon during her school’s book character parade.
At the age of 6, Ruby Bridges was the first Black student to attend an all White school in the south on November 14, 1960 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The activist, now 62 years old, was escorted by four federal marshals into William Frantz Elementary School.
To replicate Bridges’ story, Jodie’s dad JR Thornton, who just so happens to be a U.S. Marshal, posed next to his daughter to complete the costume.
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Look! A mini Ruby Bridges pictured with her dad, who is a U.S. Marshal. ❤️! PS: In 1960, four U.S. Marshals escorted Ruby Bridges to and from a Louisiana school, where she became the first Black student to integrate an elementary school in the South. Photo via: Brandy Coates Thornton (Mom) @joyfullystitchedforyou #becauseofthemwecan #halloweencostumes
The father/daughter duo totally nailed it. Jodie’s mom, Brandy Coates Thornton, originally posted the photo on Facebook, before it was shared on the Because of Them We Can Instagram account, where it received over 14,000 likes.
Way to go, Jodie!