On February 12, 1909, the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln& 39;s birth, a group that included African American leaders such as W.E.B. Du Bois and Ida B. Wells-Barnett announced the formation of a new organization. Called the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, it would have a profound effect on the struggle for civil rights and the course of 20th Century American history.
On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States and the nation& 39;s first African-American president. In his inaugural address, he reminds Americans that he is taking office & 34;in the midst of crisis& 34; but offers hope in meeting the challenge.