The Problem We All Live With, painted in 1964 shows Ruby Bridges, the first African-American child to attend William Frantz Elementary School, and the first African-American child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South. In the above painting she is walking to school surrounded by federal marshals, past a wall defaced by racist graffiti.
Former marshal Charles Burks later recalled, "She showed a lot of courage. She never cried. She didn't whimper. She just marched along like a little soldier, and we're all very proud of her."
A painting based on Rockwell's original is hung in Coley Porter Bell SA's office. It was created by 15-year-old Cape Town graffiti artist Gabriel Hope. The painting itself shows us hope, with the balloon reminding us of childhood innocence and positivity no matter what we are faced with. It fits well in a country that is still struggling to overcome its past tainted with racism.
Thank-you to Norman Rockwell for depicting an issue that some people still cause or have to deal with today.
“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.”- Martin Luther King Jr