Wednesday, 15 April 2020 17:33

2020 DC Emancipation Day Observance – ONLINE!

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WHAT:   2020 DC Emancipation Day Observance – ONLINE!
WHEN:   Thursday, April 16, 2020 [12:00 - 7:00 pm ET]
WHERE:  Via Zoom, Facebook Live and WPFW 89.3 FM
HOW:     Advanced Registration Required!  []
(After registering, Zoom will send you a confirmation email to join the online event.)

 BACKGROUND:  April 16th – DC Emancipation Day – is an official holiday in the District of Columbia.  On this day, we honor our ancestors – enslaved persons who were first freed in 1862, nine months before Emancipation Day on January 1, 1863.  Additionally, we use this day to advocate for political freedom through achieving DC statehood.

 THEME: 150th Anniversary of the 15th Amendment for African American Men’s Right to Vote

TENTATIVE EVENT SCHEDULE (subject to change)

 12:00-1:15 pm  (via Zoom Video Conferencing

Welcome & Libations - Ayo Handy-Kendi (5 minutes)

Song “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the “Negro National Anthem” - Luci Murphy (4 minutes)

Remarks - Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) (10 minutes)

Remarks - Kimberly Bassett, Secretary of the District of Columbia (10 minutes)

Keynote Address - Historian C.R. Gibbs (15 minutes)

Tribute to Ms. Loretta Carter Hanes - Peter Hanes (7 minutes)

Connecting DC Emancipation Day and the struggle for DC statehood - Anise Jenkins (7 minutes)

Fighting for the Vote - Dr. Frank Smith Jr. (7 minutes)

Song “We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest” (Ella's Song) - Luci Murphy (3 minutes)

Wrap-up - Ayo Handy-Kendi (2 minutes)

1:15-1:30 pm (Zoom) Historical Exhibits - Slides & Music - Brenda Sayles
1:30-2:30 pm (Zoom) 2016 DC Emancipation Day Parade Encore - video by Henry Joseph
2:30-3:00 pm (Zoom) Community Comments - “What DC Emancipation Day Means to Me” - Ayo Handy-Kendi, moderator
3:00-5:00 pm (WPFW 89.3 FM) Radio rebroadcast of DCED, the History and the Movement for Freedom for the First Freed - featuring C.R. Gibbs and Anise Jenkins
5:00-6:00 pm (Facebook Live) Community Comments & Exhibit Slides
6:00-7:00 pm (Zoom) Loretta Carter Hanes, The Reviver of DC Emancipation Day - documentary by Ayo Handy-Kendi and John Davies


Headshot Loretta Carter Hanes
Sponsored by the
Friends of DC Emancipation Day - in association with the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum, African American Holiday Association, DC Black History Celebration Committee, PositivEnergyWorks and Stand Up! for Democracy in DC (FREE DC).


Ayo Handy-Kendi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (202) 667-2577

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