New Year’s Day Is Also Emancipation Day

Referencing an African American New Year’s Eve tradition of Watch Night, gathering in church to sing freedom songs, dating back to the eve of December 31, 1862 and the anticipation of the freedom declared in the Emancipation Proclamation, Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. gives a message of hope.  “The lies, myths and insanity of white supremacy contaminated the soil and the soul of America. The Academy said African-American minds were inferior. The medical establishment said our bodies were inferior; the church, our morality. The banks determined that we were unworthy for loans or investment. These barriers have yet to be completely broken down. We are free but unequal. Yet still we rise. . . . 2019 must be about the vision of a fully equal society.”  Read his complete essay by clicking here.

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