Black History Month Resources

The 2013 National Black History Month Theme is "At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington".

The year 2013 marks two important anniversaries in the history of African Americans and the United States.

On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, and set the United States on the path of ending slavery.

On August 28, 1963, hundreds of thousands of Americans marched to the memorial of Abraham Lincoln, author of the Emancipation Proclamation, to hear Martin Luther King, Jr. deliver his celebrated "I Have a Dream" speech.

Just as the Emancipation Proclamation had recognized the coming end of slavery, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom announced that the days of legal segregation in the United States were numbered.

Source: Association for the Study of African American Life and History,

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