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Emancipation Proclamation Annivesary

High School Students Celebrate Emancipation Jubilee -- and Look to the Future

Alan Singer | Posted 06.23.2013 | New York
Alan Singer

A giant portrait of Frederick Douglass stared down at the audience of about three hundred high school students who gathered in the Hofstra University student center to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

A Global Passover Story

Adam C. Levine | Posted 03.25.2013 | World
Adam C. Levine

Passover is about more than just escape from bondage; it is about freedom, in all its many forms. We can tell the story of Passover, of the long march from slavery to freedom, as though we are witnessing it today because we are witnessing it today.

The Rhetorical Meaning of the Emancipation Proclamation

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 03.10.2013 | Black Voices
Andre E. Johnson

As we celebrate the 150th year of the Emancipation Proclamation, historian Kidada Williams reminds us that as we celebrate the sesquicentennial anniversary of the document, we should examine what the emancipation did and did not do.

Emancipation Day in New York and Brooklyn

Alan Singer | Posted 03.04.2013 | New York
Alan Singer

On January 1, 1863, after almost two years of uncertainty, questioning and debate, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, ending slavery in rebelling states as a war measure.

A Letter To Our Ancestors: Dear Fellow Citizens

Ivanley Noisette | Posted 01.01.2013 | Black Voices
Ivanley Noisette

With each civil rights victory, African Americans and other groups that have suffered on the margins of society, have served as the conscience of the nation and deepened the notion of American democracy.

Paying It Forward

Rep. Yvette D. Clarke | Posted 03.03.2013 | Black Voices
Rep. Yvette D. Clarke

The pain and sacrifice, the indignities and persecution you endured to confront man's inhumanity to man has made it possible for succeeding generations to take their rightful place as citizens of our great nation.

Letters To Our Ancestors: An Introduction

The Huffington Post | Lucette Jefferson | Posted 03.03.2013 | Black Voices

One hundred and fifty years ago today, the Emancipation Proclamation was issued. In celebration of this milestone in American history and the impact...

This Year's Watch Night Celebrations 'Not Just African American'

Reuters | Posted 03.03.2013 | Black Voices

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C., Jan 1 (Reuters) - Congregants at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church cried out in testimony...

Legacy Of Love: An Unexpected Letter

Lucette Jefferson | Posted 03.03.2013 | Black Voices
Lucette Jefferson

When I first started gathering together these amazing people to help with this project, I struggled with what would become my own letter.

To Our Ancestors With Gratitude

Rep. Karen Bass | Posted 03.03.2013 | Black Voices
Rep. Karen Bass

I believe there is so much we can learn from you -- mainly the evils of complacency. What will future generations say about us at the 300th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation if we are complacent with just having an African American in the White House?

To Our Ancestors

Charles Cole III | Posted 03.03.2013 | Black Voices
Charles Cole III

The truth is, things are not perfect for black folks today, but we have so much potential. I believe in our people so much. I believe in our call to greatness.

The Wind at Our Backs: A Legacy Pushing Us Forward

Rep. Andre Carson | Posted 03.03.2013 | Black Voices
Rep. Andre Carson

Along the way, there have been many challenges, but you have been the wind at our backs. You have been the constant reminder that ours is a necessary fight for freedom and a future without prejudice. And your memory continues to strengthen our pursuit of an even brighter tomorrow.

With Deepest Regret: A Letter to the Ancestors

Michael W. Waters | Posted 01.01.2013 | Black Voices
Michael W. Waters

Our people have risen from chains and cotton fields to the pinnacles of industry, as well as to seats of power all over the world. Yet, despite such laudable achievements, the present struggles of many of our people remain great.

Re-education of the Negro

Kirsten West Savali | Posted 01.01.2013 | Black Voices
Kirsten West Savali

Though discrimination is rampant, the blueprint you all left behind has raised generations of Black people for whom forced genuflection at the altars of classism and racism will never be an option. But it has not been an easy road.

A Letter To My Ancestor: To Tinko

Rev. Otis Moss III | Posted 03.03.2013 | Black Voices
Rev. Otis Moss III

I write this letter with a sense of joy and a degree of cynicism within my spirit. You are the only ancestor of my family who is documented as being bought for three hundred dollars in the state of Virginia.

A Letter to Fannie Lou Hamer on Emancipation Day

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 03.03.2013 | Black Voices
Judith Browne Dianis

My dear ancestors, you might have trouble recognizing our nation today. The country has made great strides toward the promise of racial equality. Yet even with our many triumphs, the Dream continues to elude our people.

A Letter to My Ancestor: Frederick Douglass

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 03.03.2013 | Black Voices
Rep. Hank Johnson

It has required tremendous sacrifice, but today our people have reached the pinnacle in all facets of American society. There is no level of achievement off limits or out of reach for African-Americans in this great country we call home.

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 Proclamation Provided a Seminal Moment in the Nation's History

Byron Williams | Posted 03.02.2013 | Black Voices
Byron Williams

The proclamation did more than make slavery illegal in the rebellion states; it changed the course of the war and forever transformed the nation. For the first time, it made ubiquitous the Jeffersonian notion of all being created equal.

PHOTOS: Watch Night Turns 150: 8 New Year's Eve Celebrations Around The World

Posted 12.30.2012 | Black Voices

By Chantal Martineau The Mayans may have only had it half right in their prediction of the end of the world, which means you've made it to see yet ...

Watch Nights Mark 150 Years Since Emancipation

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 02.28.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON — As New Year's Day approached 150 years ago, all eyes were on President Abraham Lincoln in expectation of what he warned 100 days ea...

PHOTOS: Smithsonian Parallels Emancipation, Civil Rights In New 'Changing America' Exhibit

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 12.17.2012 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington for Civil Rights were 100 years a...

President Obama's Emancipation Proclamation

Ray Errol Fox | Posted 09.22.2012 | Politics
Ray Errol Fox

In President Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage, he has in effect "edited" and enhanced Jefferson's classic dictum to avow, unequivocally, all men and women are created equal. It may be the last major civil rights action of our time.