It’s taken 150 years. On January 1, 1863 Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and “proclaimed all those enslaved (in Confederate territory) to be forever free, and ordered the Army (and all segments of the Executive branch) to treat as free all those enslaved.” (Wikipedia) The thirteenth amendment, ratified in 1865, declared slavery illegal in the United States. On December 1, 1955 Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger. Martin Luther King gave his “I have a dream” speech on August 28, 1963. Barack Obama was elected President of the United States on November 4, 2008.
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