The following article was datelined Aug. 5, 1961, and appeared in the Sunday New York Times the following day. It was headlined: BLIND RIDER HELPS BREAK COLOR LINE:
When that landmark event took place, Barack Obama was all of one day old. He was born on Aug. 4. 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Here's some other stories that appeared in the Times the week that Obama was born:
On the day that Barack Obama was born, there were no black federal judges in the United States -- that would not happen until the day after:
On the day that Barack Obama was born, black people in a number of cities and towns across the United States could not swim in the same public pool, drink from the same water fountain or use the same restroom as white people. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was still nearly four years away on Aug 4, 1961.
Between the day that Barack Obama was born and 1968, at least 28 people were killed as they actively worked for the rights of black people to live in an integrated society, vote, and eventually run for public office. Their names are:
These men and women did not die in vain.
They died because somewhere in their souls they knew that someday in America, there would be a night like this night, a night like June 3, 2008: