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Saturday, December 30, 2017
Special Rainbow PUSH Community Forum New Year's Day
Then Moses said to the people, “Commemorate this day, the day you came out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery, because the Lord brought you out of it with a mighty hand.”- Exodus: 13:3
The historic and cultural significance of New Year’s Day is much more than college bowl games and parades.
January 1 is Jubilee Day, the day in 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation went into effect and slaves across the South were legally free after nearly 250 years in bondage.
The Rainbow PUSH Coalition will celebrate and commemorate the world-changing freedom document with a special community forum, featuring music and a reading of the proclamation by elementary and high school oratorical students from the coalition’s PUSH for Excellence education program
Monday, January 1, 2018
12 noon to 2 P.M.
Rainbow PUSH Coalition National Headquarters
930 E. 50th Street
“The Emancipation Proclamation was the most consequential executive order in the history of the United States,” says Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. “The proclamation not only freed the slaves but empowered them to join the army and they helped save the Union. We must revive and reclaim the true meaning and significance of January 1 – Jubilee Day.”
The Jubilee Day commemoration will be an annual event at Rainbow PUSH, followed two weeks later by the coalition’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast.
The breakfast honors the life and work of Dr. King and raises money for college scholarships for promising students, many of whom are descendants of the men, women and children proclaimed emancipated on Jubilee Day.
“And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity, I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God.”- President Abraham Lincoln, January 1, 1863.
Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international organization that was formed in December 1996 by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. through merging of two organizations he founded Operation PUSH People United to Serve Humanity (estab. 1971) and the Rainbow Coalition (estab. 1984). With headquarters in Chicago and offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Oakland, the organization works to make the American Dream a reality for all citizens while advocating for peace and justice around the world. RPC is dedicated to improving the lives of all people by serving as a voice for the voiceless. Its mission is to protect, defend and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields while promoting peace and justice around the world.
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