One of the most significant historical events that I have lived through is the 2008 election of Barak Obama to President of the United States. This was significant because Obama was the first ever African American elected by the people to the office of President. 43 Presidents before him, since George Washington, were white males. This shows how far America has come in its views on racial prejudice. In 1865, the northern states, who supported freedom of African Americans, won the Civil War against the southern states who wanted to keep black people as slaves. When the Civil War was won, it abolished slavery and blacks started on a path to equality. Even though black people were given freedom, they still weren't treated fairly. Black people were finally given their rights after Martin Luther King Jr. led the civil rights movement in 1963. 143 years after the first steps were taken to give black people equal rights, we finally have a black president. This event affected me because it was the first time I could remember a presidential election and, even though I couldn’t vote, I felt a part of this historical event. As the first black U.S. president, Barak Obama served as a sign of hope for all people, especially African Americans. It was especially important because it shows how the long time prejudice against black people has mostly been broken. This was a happy time for mostly everyone in the U.S. because it represents a new chapter in American history. This event will always live on in my memory because of its historical importance and the fact that it was the first presidential election I can remember.