National Freedom Day - 2022-02-01
What is National Freedom Day?
President Lincoln signed the Amendment abolishing slavery on February 1, 1865. Although it was not ratified by the states until later, later this date was celebrated as Black History Day. In the mid-20th century, civil rights activist Richard Wright believed that there should be a day when freedom for all Americans is celebrated. He invited national and local leaders to meet in Philadelphia in order to make plans to designate February 1 as an annual memorial to the signing of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by President Abraham Lincoln. In 1948, the U.S. government officially recognized February 1 as a national holiday in honor of African American abolitionist and orator Frederick Douglass. The day was chosen in honor of his famous speech "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?," which criticized the hypocrisy of the U.S. for not practicing what it preached about liberty and equality. In 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt had made Douglass the first African American to be depicted on U.S. postage stamps.
When is National Freedom Day?
National Freedom Day is a United States observance on February 1!
History of National Freedom Day
February 1 is a day to remember that freedom is still a dream. In 1863, President Lincoln signed a resolution that would abolish slavery. It was a tough time for the country, but one man could unite the House and Senate. This wasn't an easy task, but he succeeded and slavery was abolished.
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