2015 Jubilee Celebration


WHEREAS, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is committed to ending racial discrimination and promoting racial equality, educational excellence, economic empowerment and civil rights; and

WHEREAS, Jubilee Day recognizes January 1, 1863, as the date President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation became law, granting freedom to all African-American slaves in the Confederate States; and

WHEREAS, the Emancipation Proclamation was first read in Virginia in January of 1863, under the Emancipation Oak in Hampton; and

WHEREAS, this date represents a milestone in the African-American struggle for freedom and civil rights, and is a time for all Virginians to recommit to ensuring the liberty and equality of all people; and

WHEREAS, Jubilee Day is an opportunity to commemorate the strength and resolve of African-Americans throughout Virginia history, and to highlight the value of African-American culture, art, history, and achievement to the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, the 2015 Jubilee Celebration recognizes and honors the 152nd anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and acknowledges the significance of this document to all Americans;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize the 2015 JUBILEE CELEBRATION of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.