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Emancipation Day 2017

Emancipation Day festivities will be held on April 8, 2017. These include the parade at 1 pm, the concert at Freedom Plaza at 3 pm and fireworks at 9 pm.

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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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Celebrating Emancipation through Reading and Educating our Communities About the Struggle for Freedom

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Part of the Howard University Lecture Series, this Emancipation Day program focuses on a holistic approach to healing the scars of slavery, Jim Crow segregation, oppression and discrimination through good health, positive image awareness, economic and political empowerment, and a clear understanding of emancipation in the struggle for freedom, liberty, justice and equality.


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