January 1st… 1863

On New Year’s Eve, 154 years ago, people of color, both slave and free, came together in churches and private homes all across the nation awaiting news that the promised Emancipation Proclamation had in fact become law. At the stroke of midnight, on January 1, all slaves in the Confederate States were declared legally free. When the news was received, there were prayers, shouts and songs of joy as many people fell to their knees and thanked God. As we celebrate the end of 2016, may we today also celebrate a moment in history when we as a people moved closer towards justice and equality for all. Even today, may we see all other men as brothers and all other women as sisters. #HappyNewYear

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