Beautiful children should be able to grow up to be beautiful adults.

Posted by George on November 5th, 2008 in Opinion

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Last night, as we were listening to Obama’s victory speech I started  to think about “Little Joe Louis”.  I photographed him in 1953 in  the pediatrics ward of Philadelphia General Hospital; he would be  about 60 years old now.  We called him “Joe Louis”  because he put his dukes up every time you  talked to him. I am sure he had his reasons. Philadelphia was a tough town…the city of brotherly love wasn’t always so loving.

Could he have ever dreamed there would be a black president?  I don’t think so. He wouldn’t  have been dreaming about presidents when I took that photograph; he wouldn’t have been thinking about presidents when he was a teenager.  He would have been thinking about survival.

I hope he  did survive and was able to share “the moment”  when President-elect Obama gave the world his message of hope….george


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