Contrary to popular belief, the Emancipation Proclamation did not free very many from enslavement. The US Civil War measure announced freedom for those enslaved in the Confederate States that had succeeded from the Union.
Salient to the Presidential Executive Order was the official announcement and call for Black Soldiers to join Union Soldiers to fight for freedom and help end the U.S. Civil War. The proposed National Emancipation Day requires education and advocacy to share the authentic legacy.
You are cordially Invited to celebrate Freedom’s Eve ~ 150th Anniversary of Emancipation Proclamation
California Black Farmers and Agricuturalists Association co-hosts the celebration with regional elected officials, community organizations and regional businesses supporting the event. Courtney Dempsey is the MC for our wonderful festive celebration.
Monday, December 31, 2012, Noon – 3:00 pm
California State Capitol Room 126
December 31, 2012, marks Freedom’s Eve and 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, issued by President Abraham Lincoln, Noon, January 1, 1863, our proposed National Freedom Day.
The Emancipation Proclamation did not outlaw slavery or make the former slaves citizens. Slavery in the State of California remains an open secret and ratification of the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution, in California, was celebrated on December 19, 1865.
Come and learn more about these crucial documents in American History.
Join us for Freedom’s Eve in the California State Capitol, December 31, 2012 for an interfaith, intercultural and intergenerational conversation about the political and moral reality of the American Civil War (1861–1865), the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation (1862), the Emancipation Proclamation (1863), the Thirteenth Amendment (1865), and our ongoing journey towards a greater measure of freedom.