For years we will see the pictures of Barack Obama raising his right hand as he takes the oath of office. The pictures of him hugging Sasha and Malia. The pictures of him dancing with Michelle at an inaugural balls. But below this is one picture that will be forever etched in my mind.
This is Ruby Bridges, painted by Norman Rockwell. The little girl had to be escorted to school by federal marshals on February 14, 1960. She faced a hostile crowd as the first black student to attend what had been an-all white school in New Orleans.
Forty-eight years later, here’s a picture of Barack Obama’s daughter, 7-year-old Sasha. Flanked by secret service agents and her mother, she is freely heading to class at her new school in Washington, DC. Her dad will be the next president of the United States.
Thousands of people, black and white, have fought tirelessly for us all so that we have the right to attend the schools of our choosing, drink from any water fountain and eat in the main hall of any restaurant. On a day where we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his dream, I do believe we are getting there.