we'll look at everett dirkson. he made the cover of "time" magazine a number of times and the r magazine has the collection and we have a coverage of everett dirkson on display. and we'll look at dirkson. senator dirkson basically was the catalyst of moving the historic civil rights legislation through the senate and congress in january -- just this time in january/february, the winter of 1964 that legislation would eventually be signed by president johnson on july 2 of 1964. and that's, of course, the historic civil rights act of 1964. so it took another hundred years from the time -- the end of the civil war to really begin to see some of the social equity and the civil rights for blacks that whites had enjoyed since the beginning. so ira aldridge would have -- a hundred years later would have found a little more inviting america than what he was used to. but it took that long and even longer after there was the civil rights act of 1965. so ira aldridge represents a free black which is somewhat unusual and one that knew his mind and pursued his goals and dreams and prospered.
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