2015 Jubilee Celebration

1/1/2015

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.

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