We have come a long way as a nation. Yes, we have a long way to go, but November 4, 2008 marked monumental progress. Here is just a small list of the achievements we have made over the years.
Yes we can, and yes we did.
Please feel free to add any more important moments below.
Brown vs. Board of Education: U.S. Supreme Court bans segregation in public schools.
Bus boycott launched in Montgomery, Ala., after an African-American woman, Rosa Parks, is arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white person.
After more than a year of boycotting the buses and a legal fight, the Montgomery buses desegregate.
1,000 paratroopers are called by President Eisenhower to restore order and escort nine black students that enrolled at a previously all-white Central High in Little Rock, Ark.
The sit-in protest movement begins in February at a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C. and spreads across the nation.
Freedom rides begin from Washington, D.C. Groups of black and white people ride buses through the South to challenge segregation.
Barack Obama is born August 4.
James Meredith becomes the first black student to enroll at the University of Mississippi. Violence and riots surrounding the incident cause President Kennedy to send 5,000 federal troops.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is signed by President Johnson.
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is signed by President Johnson. The act, which King sought, authorized federal examiners to register qualified voters and suspended devices such as literacy tests that aimed to prevent African Americans from voting.
Overriding President Reagan's veto, Congress passes the Civil Rights Restoration Act, which expands the reach of non-discrimination laws within private institutions receiving federal funds.
Douglas Wilder of Virginia becomes the nation's first African American elected to state governor.
After two years of debates, vetoes and threatened vetoes, President Bush signs the Civil Rights Act of 1991, strengthening existing civil rights laws and providing for damages in cases of intentional employment discrimination.
Barack Obama becomes the first African American President of the United States.