An iconic figure in African American civil rights history recently met with President Obama in the White House.
Ruby Bridges was honored by the president on July 15 and presented the new placement of a landmark portrait depicting her story. Norman Rockwell’s “The Problem We All Live With” is now being featured near the Oval Office in the White House throughout the summer of 2011.
Bridges is the little girl shown in the painting that portrays her history-changing walk to William Franz Public School in New Orleans due to a court ordered integration in 1960. The famous event occurred six years after the 1954 Supreme Court ruling in Brown V. Board of Education.
“I think it’s fair to say that if it wasn’t for you guys, I wouldn’t be here today,” Obama told Bridges, according to a White House release.
The painting will be on display in the White House until October and will later join other works from the Norman Rockwell Museum in a traveling exhibition.