D.C. EMANCIPATION DAY – APRIL 16, 2010 – Commemoration, Rally, and March

 

DC EMANCIPATION DAY:  APRIL 16, 2010

Commemoration, Rally, and March
To Honor the Ancestors and to Advocate for D.C. Statehood (Political Freedom)
RALLY: 11:00am at Franklin Square (13th & Eye Streets, NW)
MARCH: 12:30pm to D.C. Historical Society (9th & K Streets, NW)
WASHINGTON, DC – Nearly 148 years ago, on April 16th, 1862, Abraham
Lincoln signed the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act
freeing about 3,100 slaves in the District of Columbia. Signed nine
months before the Emancipation Proclamation, the D.C. Compensated
Emancipation Act was the first and only time the federal government
paid slave owners– all other slaves in America were freed through the
Civil War. Yet the descendants of the first slaves to be freed in
America are still the last to be full citizens of America. Through the
continued denial of congressional representation and District
statehood, the 600,000 residents of the District of Columbia have
still not been fully emancipated. On January 4, 2005, former Mayor
Anthony Williams signed legislation making D.C. Emancipation Day an
official public holiday in the District of Columbia. Without the
burden of occupational or scholastic obligations, you are invited to
commemorate 148th D.C. Emancipation Day with your family, friends, and
neighbors.
WHO: YOU!
WHAT: D.C. EMANCIPATION DAY RALLY & PARADE
WHEN: FRIDAY, APRIL 16th, 2010 starting at 11AM
WHERE: RALLY @ 11am in FRANKLIN SQUARE – 13th & I Streets, NW
MARCH @ 12:30pm to the D.C. HISTORICAL SOCIETY – 9th & K Streets, NW
WHY: D.C. EMANCIPATION DAY IS THE ONLY STATE HOLIDAY IN THE DISTRICT
OF COLUMBIA!
CELEBRATE EMANCIPATION WEEK: April 11 – 19, 2010 – Celebrate the
History of D.C. Compensated Emancipation and Learn About the First
Freed â€" Speakers, Exhibits, Parade, Wreath Laying, Lectures, Essay
Contest, Singing, Re-Enactments, Poetry, Jazz, Films, Forums, and
More! For Full Listing of Events View the D.C. Government Calendar:
http://www.os.dc.gov/os/cwp/view,a,1207,q,645466.asp
Contact:
Friends of DC Emancipation Day
Friends_DCED@yahoo.com
#202-232-2500 or #202-635-9337
Sponsors: Friends of DC Emancipation Day in association with the
African American Holiday Association, StandUp for Democracy, DC Black
History Celebration Committee, Senator Michael D. Brown, Senator Paul
Strauss, Councilmember Michael A. Brown, Councilmember Yvette
Alexander, Honorable John Capozzi and the African American Civil War
Memorial & Museum.
ONLINE RESOURCES:
http://www.dc.gov/emancipationday/
http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured_documents/dc_emancipation_act/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emancipation_Day#Washington.2C_D.C.
Frederick Douglass’ speech at the 21st Emancipation Celebration in 1883:
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84025890/1883-04-21/ed-1/seq-4/
Facebook RSVP:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=109558869063457

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