WhenRuby Bridges visited the Oval Office on July 15, President Obama toldher,"I think it's fair to say that if it wasn't for you guys, I wouldn't be here today."
November 14, 2010 marked the 50th anniversary of six-year-old Ruby's history-changing walk to the William Franz Public School in New Orleans as part of court-ordered integration in 1960. Six years after the 1954 United States Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education declared that state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students were unconstitutional, this event represented a victory for the American Civil Rights Movement.
Bridgeswas atthe White House to see how a painting commemorating this personal and historic milestone looks hanging onthe wall outside of the Oval Office. American artist Norman Rockwell was criticized by some when this painting first appeared on the cover of Look magazine on January 14,1964; now the iconic portrait will beon display throughout the summer of 2011 in one of the most exalted locations in the country.