Topic: Norman Rockwell
The Problem We All Live With
Rockwell’s first assignment for Look magazine was an illustration of six-year-old African-American schoolgirl Ruby Bridges escorted by four U.S. marshals to her first day at an all-white school in New Orleans. Ordered to proceed with school desegregation after the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling, Louisiana lagged behind until pressure from Federal Judge Skelly Wright forced the school board to begin desegregation on November 14, 1960. Today, the painting remains one of Rockwell’s most enduringly poignant images of American culture.