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Emancipation Day

The District of Columbia officially celebrates Emancipation Day on April 16th.  


What is Emancipation Day?

The DC Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862 ended slavery in Washington, DC, freed 3,100 individuals, reimbursed those who had legally owned them and offered the newly freed women and men money to emigrate. It is this legislation, and the courage and struggle of those who fought to make it a reality, that we commemorate every April 16, DC Emancipation Day.

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G.R.O.W. Towards Your Greatness! A 50 Year Strategy

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Lecture by Dr. Ome’kongo L. Dibinga

The goal of this talk will focus on where we have been and where we are going. The overarching question will be: what contributions will you make to society that will be reflected on in 2068? Dr. King and so many others laid the groundwork for many of the opportunities we have today. Therefore it is imperative for us in our emancipated state to focus on making our own contributions to society. We will utilize the G.R.O.W. formula to create a blueprint for a 50-year strategy starting on April 6th!


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