Article ran in the Huffington Post earlier this year.
As the country commemorates the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech on August 28, Gettysburg College Africana studies and history Prof. Scott Hancock considers the journey, struggles and progress of African Americans since the Civil War era in a piece that ran on the Huffington Post earlier this year.
From the Huffington Post:
Emancipation Proclamation and Realizing MLK Dream
Three hundred and twenty-two days after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, he delivered the Gettysburg Address, one of the two most famous speeches in American history. He vowed that soldiers who died at Gettysburg gave their lives for a "new birth of freedom" by securing the Union. For Lincoln, that included fulfilling the promise of the Emancipation Proclamation.