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When we celebrate our Independence Day, I often think about the parts of our history that make my heart swell with pain rather than pride.

When we celebrate our Independence Day, I often think about the parts of our history that make my heart swell with pain rather than pride.

Abraham Lincoln -     Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States and was responsible for abolishing slavery ... This photo was taken by one of Lincoln’s best-known photographers, Alexander Gardner. Date: Nov. 8 1863. Photographer: Alexander Gardner.

Abraham Lincoln - Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States and was responsible for abolishing slavery ... This photo was taken by one of Lincoln’s best-known photographers, Alexander Gardner. Date: Nov. 8 1863. Photographer: Alexander Gardner.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela - Nelson Mandela. (Born 18 July 1918) is a South African politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, the first to be elected in a fully representative democratic election. Before being elected President, Mandela was a militant anti-apartheid activist, and the leader and co-founder of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC).

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela - Nelson Mandela. (Born 18 July 1918) is a South African politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, the first to be elected in a fully representative democratic election. Before being elected President, Mandela was a militant anti-apartheid activist, and the leader and co-founder of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC).

<b>While best known for his "I Have a Dream" speech, King's legacy included much more than that.</b>

<b>While best known for his "I Have a Dream" speech, King's legacy included much more than that.</b>

One of the most inspiring people on the planet. Wishing you a swift recovery Mr. Mandela.  Nelson Mandela by Yousuf Karsh

One of the most inspiring people on the planet. Wishing you a swift recovery Mr. Mandela. Nelson Mandela by Yousuf Karsh

Continental Airlines honors its first black pilot by naming new 737 after him. 1st black pilot with Continental Airlines who had to go through the Supreme Court to get the job. Marlon Dewitt Green (June 6, 1929 – July 6, 2009) was an African-American pilot whose landmark United States Supreme Court decision in 1963 helped dismantle racial discrimination in the American passenger airline industry..

Continental Airlines honors its first black pilot by naming new 737 after him. 1st black pilot with Continental Airlines who had to go through the Supreme Court to get the job. Marlon Dewitt Green (June 6, 1929 – July 6, 2009) was an African-American pilot whose landmark United States Supreme Court decision in 1963 helped dismantle racial discrimination in the American passenger airline industry..

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