In 2008, we welcomed our very first African American President for the United States. On January 20, 2009, President Obama took oath of running the office for the next four years. Barack Obama’s inauguration set a record attendance for any events that has taken place in Washington, DC because people were witnessing history in the making. Attending the inauguration to watch the first African American President has never been done before and this is something for those who have attended could share for years to come.
There was a time when people couldn’t even imagine of such an event taking place in the US. 1619 marked the first year for Africans arriving to Virginia as slaves. Slavery would then last for the next 244 years until former President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation to end it. Since then, discrimination has been a part of our lives. Black and whites weren’t allowed to sit together, walk together, date one another or even work together. Throughout these events, there were a few strong leaders to help end discrimination and build the African American Civil Rights Movement. (Brunner, African-American History Timeline, 2012)
Harriet Tubman (1849), Abraham Lincoln (1863), W.E.B. Dubois (1905), Jackie Robinson (1947), Rosa Parks (1955) and Dr. Martin Luther King (1963) are just some of the political leaders to start the Civil Right Movement. They were the ones who fought for what was right, they were the ones who put their lives on the line for justice and they’re the ones who till this day, are respected. African Americans were treated like trash! The black women would be forced to have sex with the white man and if she was pregnant with his child then she would have to abort it. The black children were not allowed to go to school because he/she had to work on the field. The men were whipped for absolutely no reason; it was just a way for the Caucasians to show whose boss.