I have seen other blogs comment on this painting and I feel I should comment on this as well. Out of all the Norman Rockwell paintings I have seen, I love this one the most. Rockwell uses a simple but direct approach to show what people had to go through when trying to integrate civilization. I remember seeing this in American History as a teenager and it stayed forever with me.
Also, my father once told me of his junior high school integrating Black students. He talked about Delores, the only Black girl there who lived in loneliness because no one wanted her as a friend.