By Tasena Lynn McCreary
It was in 1808 when it became illegal to import African slaves to America and 1865 when it was illegal to enslave an African. It was not until a century later, in 1968, did it become illegal to legally segregate African Americans from educational institutions, housing opportunities, medical services and other public venues. A political shift for reaffirming their freedom and equality was dominating and in that same year, it became illegal for a mob to accuse an African American and carry their actions out in lynchings. Laws put in place such as these, began to resemble the need to not only preserve African-American lives, but to protect them. Black people were not just kept alive because of what they could do, as in the days of slavery, but they were preserved and admired for who they were.