by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
Today, President Barack Obama is to meet with one of the youngest yet prominent figures of the Civil Rights era — Ruby Bridges. At the time that Bridges made one of the greatest impacts on United States society, she was just a little girl. She was one of the first African-American children to integrate the New Orleans public school system in the 1960’s. Her bravery and endurance of mockery — even death threats — made an invaluable contribution to students today being able to enjoy a diverse learning environment filled with students from many different racial backgrounds.
Prior to Mr. President meeting with Bridges today, he will have a morning news conference discussing negotiations on the nation’s debt. The Associated Press reports that this afternoon he will “call the crews of the space shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station [since] it’s the last mission of the U.S. shuttle program.” Then finally, according to the Associated Press, “Later in the day, Obama [will] meet with Ruby Bridges and representatives of the Norman Rockwell Museum. Rockwell’s painting ‘The Problem We All Live With’ is displayed outside the Oval Office. It depicts a landmark moment in the civil rights movement, the day Bridges integrated a New Orleans school in 1960.”
Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.