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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Black History Month 2013

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The theme for 2013 is At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington. 
  
2013 marks the 50th and 150th year anniversaries, respectively, of two parallel events, occurring in 1863 and 1963.

In 1863, on New Year's Day, President Abraham Lincoln's deeply controversial Emancipation Proclamation was enacted.  It freed all slaves in the United States although many were unaware until the 19th of June, also known as Juneteenth, a Black holiday that begun at the end of slavery days.

A full century later, 1963, marked a tipping-point in the civil rights movement: the March on Washington, an event that remains in living memory of many older Americans today. (About.com)

The themes are announced annually by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) in Washington DC, but there are more themes throughout the country and it's good to see what your local area is doing.   

I hope you partake in some celebrations during this month and remember just how powerful of a people we actually are.  

Know your heritage Naturals,
Sabrina
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