As millions of Americans tuned in Monday to listen President Barack Obama's second term inaugural speech they witnessed a speech that was the first of its kind as the president touched on an issue that shocked many.
It is a moment that will be remembered by many.
A moment when our president emphasized equality for our nation, the same way Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. did 50 years ago in his "I Have a Dream" speech, asking for equality for all Americans including those in the gay and lesbian community...the first inaugural speech to ever do so.
"It is now our generation's task to carry on what those pioneers began," said President Barack Obama.
"Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well."
It was a speech befitting for the day as we celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
A speech that for many, including those in the gay and lesbian community, was shocked but happy to hear.
"The fact that it was included in his inaugural speech is unprecedented it's very heartwarming that it's that important to him that he would want to include it in his second term speech," said Gay and Lesbian rights advocate Richard Helfant.
A local businessman and active advocate for gay rights in Atlantic County, Richard Helfant agreed with President Obama that the fight for equal rights continues with today's generations and hopes it's a fight that they will eventually overcome.
"It's something that's obvious really personal to me and I hope and I believe that in the near future that equal rights for gay people is going to become a common place for people in America," expressed Helfant.
And as we continue to dream for the days of equality for all Americans, we should remember the words of Dr. King that change comes through continuous struggle.
"There's still a lot of work ahead of us but the fact that the President of the United States has endorsed it and openly in favor of it it's just give the cause so much more momentum," Helfant explained.