And when the Union Army won the civil war, abolishing slavery in The United States, a milestone that generations had dreamed of was achieved. And when Lincoln was assassinated, the loss of that one man caused a setback that would last another hundred years, until another great leader spoke up to lead the way. His name was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
If you know nothing about the Civil Rights Act of 1964, that's all right. Being the Civil Rights Act of 1864 would have been better, but it happened. And that's what really matters. It might seem like an ordinary day to you, but it was a dream to Martin Luther King Jr and his followers.
From his speech:
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring. And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"