President Barack Obama hosted a screening recently of a film about this country's first African-American Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall.
The fact that the screening of HBO's "Thurgood" comes during Black History Month is even more special.
President Obama and Marshall have a lot in common: Both were groundbreaking black men who have left lasting impacts on this country. Marshall, first as a lawyer, fought for equal rights for African Americans - and all people - with his lawsuits for school desegregation.
President Obama has already sought to change this country with health care legislation that acknowledges it as a basic human right. He has also sought to reduce this nation's nuclear stockpiles despite the political blow-back.
Expectations for both men as they headed in to their new roles was tremendous.
Everything Obama does is examined through the lens of race. I'm sure Obama can look back at the difficulties Marshall faced and the way he still fought for what he believed as a guide.
In talking about the film, Marshall's son spoke discussed how his father's accomplishments can never be solely attributed to his father alone:
"One person can make a difference but that one person needs a lot of people to help him or her out along the way," said John Marshall.
That's the lesson we should take from the administration of Barack Obama. Electing the first black president is not the end of the story. There's still a lot of work to do before we can say we have achieved true equality in this country.
"As we focus on today and focus on moving forward, I think it's so important, particularly during African-American History Month, that we remember those who worked tirelessly and sacrificed so much to enable us to enjoy the freedoms and opportunities that we do today and my father was one of those," said John Marshall.
Watch President Obama's event here: