People of colour were conspicuously absent from the mainstream magazines of the 50's.
So much so that this is the only story illustration I've ever come across in any of the several hundred magazines in my collection that shows an African American and a white person associating with each other in a normal, middleclass lifestyle situation. The only one.
In fact, its one of the only appearances of an African American I've ever seen in a 1950's mainstream magazine illustration or cartoon.
So let's pause for a moment and celebrate the great Martin Luther King Jr. and hope that in spite of the continued racial adversity we face even today, 50 years after this illustration appeared, that we are somehow heading in the right direction - that Dr. King's dream will one day become our reality.
Tomorrow: Our regularly scheduled topic begins.