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Emancipation Day

Congressional Support for D.C. Statehood Divided on Race, Gender Lines

Joan Shipps | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Joan Shipps

It is unfortunate that, even as we celebrate the end of black slavery in the capital of what purports to be a world-class democracy, the descendants of those slaves, along with their families, neighbors and friends, are still denied a democratic voice in government.

LOOK: Emancipation Day Parade Goes On, With Heightened Security

Posted 04.16.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The D.C. Emancipation Day Parade began at 11 a.m. to a modest and heavily-policed crowd. Early Emancipation Day parade crowd is spar...

Emancipation: January 1, 1863

Ken Blackwell | Posted 03.02.2013 | Black Voices
Ken Blackwell

January 1, 2013, the National Archives places the Emancipation Proclamation on rare public display, the text is hardly legible, the victim of age and light. But Abraham Lincoln stands out clearly.

Emancipation Day 2012: What Frederick Douglass Would Think of Ward 8's 21st-Century Troubles

Chris Gentilviso | Posted 06.16.2012 | DC
Chris Gentilviso

To understand the importance of Washington D.C. Emancipation Day, look no further than the story of those who thought this event would never happen.

Slaves In D.C. Set Free 150 Years Ago Today

The Huffington Post | Megan Arellano | Posted 04.16.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- This year, the rest of the nation may know Emancipation Day as that day that gives you a little bit more breathing room to file your tax...