Eleanor Roosevelt, the controversial first lady of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was a crusader for women's rights, civil rights for African Americans, world peace and the plight of the poor. As U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, she often addressed issues of international human rights.
In many ways, Eleanor led a life apart from her husband. She met Associated Press sports reporter Lorena Hickok shortly before 1932 and wore a sapphire ring she'd given her while still living in the White House. Wanting to be closer to Eleanor, Lorena left her reporting job and worked in the Roosevelt administration. They often found time together, and when apart exchanged thousands of letters over a period of thirty years.
Many of the letters from Lorena to Eleanor were destroyed. But Lorena made arrangements for the letters she'd received from Eleanor to be published upon her death. In one letter, Eleanor wrote, "I want to put my arms around you, I ache to hold you close."
This "Rainbow Minute" was read by Dustin Richardson.