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Tavis’ Reflections – Education in America & Pontchartrain Park

On November 14, 1960, six-year-old Bridges was integrated into the then-all-white school by armed U.S. Marshal escort, making her the first African American child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South. Her experience was depicted in Norman Rockwell’s “The Problem We All Live With.”

Tavis ends his reflection with a discussion of his friend–actor and New Orleans native Wendell Pierce–whom he interviewed in Pontchartrain Park. Pierce created the Pontchartrain Park Community Development Corporation in 2007 and showed Tavis one of the homes being built. Tavis says that he’s proud of Pierce, adding “to see how dedicated he is to putting…his entire community back on line, it’s a powerful thing.”

 

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