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THE TIGER AND THE TORCH ebook

Back in the 60s, the

Back in the 60s, the United States opened the doors to African Americans at schools, jobs, public facilities and other previously segregated facilities. Although the doors were finally open, in certain places, African Americans remained unwelcome. Ruby Bridges can personally attest to what it felt like to not be welcome in what used to be a segregated white school until she arrived. In 2011, The White House worked with the Norman Rockwell Museum 129 to have, “The Problem We All Live With”, on display and invited Ruby Bridges to meet President Obama and see it there. Image Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza 130 The White House Blog said the following about the painting: "The President likes pictures that tell a story and this painting fits that bill. Norman Rockwell was 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 this, one of his most powerful paintings. Inspired by the story of Ruby Bridges and school integration, the image featured a young African- American girl being escorted to school by four U.S. marshals 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." 131 What happened with Ruby Bridges as a child in Louisiana made local, state and national history. Today she is a philanthropist and an activist. 132 Her past experiences and her present work continue to build a better future. One event can reshape the course of an entire nation. One person can make a difference. THE TIGER & THE TORCH Page | 81

PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE MEET IN RICHMOND, VA BUILT BY BLACKS BOOK Through books like Built by Blacks: African American Architecture and Neighborhoods in Richmond, readers can discover the overlay of the past, present and future. The Leigh Street Armory is the castle-like structure on its front cover. Picture after picture alludes to the former grandeur of Richmond’s vibrant Black community. Recent photos of buildings call attention to the need for revitalization. Author Selden Richardson’s book played a notable role in generating more awareness and support and the completion of a long overdue renovation. Image Credit: Built by Blacks Book Cover by Marshall Hudson For years the armory was abandoned and although it had some repairs and upgrades, a lot of work still needed to be done. Through strategic partnerships the armory was finally restored and once again ready to serve its community. In 2016, the doors opened and the building took on new life as Virginia’s Black History Museum and Cultural Center. THE TIGER & THE TORCH Page | 82 Relics do not revitalize themselves. At the beginning, Selden uses an interesting story about Emily Winfree and the place she called home. The preface that follows lays the basic groundwork for the rest of the book. In doing so, it highlights the crucial role that people have in saving and preserving our relics. Addition to the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia (Renovated Leigh Street Armory, Richmond, VA)