This blog is about the story of my family here in America. We arrived in the 1630s as Puritans, and became the common folk of the New World.

From Abraham Lincoln to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

The struggle for the equality of every man and woman of every color and creed is something that my family, who were participants both in the founding of this country, and its civil war, has seen evolve very slowly. In Abraham Lincoln's famous speech at Gettysburg, when the country was only 87 years old, he expressed doubts that any nation that was dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal could survive.

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!"
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