The Problem WE All Still Live With is an artistic tribute to the 1963 Norman Rockwell painting The Problem We All Live With that captured the historic walk of Ruby Bridges that took place six years after the 1954 United States Supreme Court Brown v. Board of Education ruling declared that state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students were unconstitutional, and represented a definite victory for the American Civil Rights Movement.
Among those Americans to take note of the event was artist Norman Rockwell, a longtime supporter of the goals of equality and tolerance. In his early career, editorial policies governed the placement of minorities in his illustrations (restricting them to service industry positions only), however in 1963 Rockwell confronted the issue of prejudice head-on with one of his most powerful paintings– The Problem We All Live With. Inspired by the story of Ruby Bridges and school integration, the image featured a young African-American girl being escorted to school amidst signs of protest and fearful ignorance. The painting ushered in a new era in Rockwell’s career, and remains an important national symbol of the struggle for racial equality.
It fell on my heart to collaboratively create this piece with my brother in art Craig C to shine light on the current climate in our country in regards to the treatment of women. This is a tribute not only to Norman Rockwell but also Ruby Bridges, who at the tender age of six advanced the cause of civil rights in November 1960 when she became the first African American student to integrate an elementary school in the South.
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