Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Ms. Bridges Goes to Washington - Studio 360

Found this Studio 360 piece to be both powerful and fascinating - the civil rights era has been top of mind for me because I'm reading The Help right now:

Last month, President Obama installed Norman Rockwell's "The Problem We All Live With" in a hallway just outside the Oval Office.

The iconic painting shows Ruby Bridges, a six-year-old African American girl, being escorted by US Marshals to school during the 1960 integration of the New Orleans school system. Bridges wears a crisp white dress with socks and sneakers — she looks unfazed even as a tomato splatters on the graffiti-pocked wall behind her. Now, the first black president of the United States must pass the same racial epithet en route to work each day.

Read more and listen to the radio piece at Studio 360 - Ms. Bridges Goes to Washington

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