In 1788, the Constitution was ratified saying African-Americans were only 3/5 of a person.
The White House and the U.S. Capitol were built by slaves.
With the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves.
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus.
On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of his dreams, which he was unable to see realized thanks to a gunman in 1968.
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 insured that everyone's right to vote was forever protected.
Today, January 20, 2009, we inaugurate Barack Obama as our country's first African American President.
In the last episode of the The West Wing, Keb Mo sings America The Beautiful. Even though this isn't the video of Keb Mo singing it at the inauguration of Matthew Santos, it still fits perfectly with today.
It took us too many years to get to this place, but we are here and from this day forward, every child in America can grow up believing that he or she can become President.