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Celebrate National Freedom Day & Black History Month


National Freedom Day on February 1st celebrates the signing of  the resolution that became the 13th Amendment that outlawed slavery in the United States by President Lincoln in 1865.  Major Richard Robert Wright, Sr., a former slave, first commemorated Freedom Day in 1945 at Independence Hall and with the ceremonious laying of a wreath at the Liberty Bell. President Truman ratified the holiday in 1948.

February 1st also marks the celebration of Black History Month, which observes remembrances of important

Black History Month from Kevin Fell

Black History Month (image from Kevin Fell at HOZA!)

people and events of the African diaspora in the United States and Canada. Media outlets and educators use this month to highlight the special achievements, notable moments in history, and influential people of African descent whose words and deeds have contributed to the shaping of the world today.

Some criticism of Black History Month has been aired by religious leaders, celebrities, and journalists who contend that one race should not be singled out for observance and, moreover,  ‘Black’ history is American history.

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