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Published:February 18th, 2009 10:40 EST
Go Now: The Advancement of History Goes Hand and Hand with Black History Month

Go Now: The Advancement of History Goes Hand and Hand with Black History Month

By Garrett Godwin

Hello, this is Garrett Godwin, and it is time once again to Go Now. On this special edition, it is a tribute to Black History Month:

  • February 12, 1909 marks the birth of The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People -- NAACP. The organization has spent the past century fighting against slavery, racism, discrimination, and injustice for the equality as well as the voting and equal rights of African-Americans whose descendants come from slavery. One of their highlights includes the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case, which overturned the "separate but equal" doctrine, as black and white children can now go into the same school.

  • On January 15, 1929, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the youngest to receive the Nobel Prize for his work in 1964, and spent until his death on April 4, 1968 speaking out against the Vietnam War and eradicating poverty in the urban communities. King became one of the founding leaders for the civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s as "a drum major" for racial equality, tolerance, brotherhood, peace/nonviolence, and justice: believing that black and white people can learn to co-exist with one another, as he tried to make two worlds into one -- for that was his dream.

  • And then on January 20 in the year 2009, change has come for the better as Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th -- and first-ever African-American -- President of the United States. Over time, people have said Obama being elected into the White House is a sign of not only divine intervention, but also a sign that King`s dream is coming true -- showing how far we`ve come as a nation, as people, and as individuals:

    The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness - Barack Obama in his inaugural address

    And that is all the time we have here, so thanks for joining me. But don`t forget to check out what`s happening right here on THE SOP (SOP). For now, Garrett Godwin, and I have to Go Now once more, so fight the good fight and keep the faith, all.

    God Bless!