To Kill a Mockingbird

What is the significance of Lee's portrayal of Calpurnia as she comes into the courtroom and as she walks home with the children?

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Calpurnia isn't merely hired help for Atticus. The whole town is aware that Calpurnia is a mother figure to the Finch children. Calpurnia represents a rare bridge between the void of ethnicity. She and the Finch kids are a public display of a family that is truly enlightened.