Tonight we will explore the journey from slavery to freedom by examining the plethora of historical and milestone events that occurred between January 1, 1863 when Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, and August 28, 1963 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led the March on Washington. The purpose and intent of the Emancipation Proclamation will be addressed as a strategy to end slavery with the political momentum that would garner support for the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution, effectively ending slavery. The panelists will discuss the continuing struggle for freedom, justice, and equality emanating from the Reconstruction-Era, the Tilden-Hayes Compromise, and Jim Crow, segregation to the March on Washington. Moderated by John Franklin, Director of Partnerships and International Programs, National Museum of African American History and Culture, panelists include C.R. Gibbs, Public Historian, Scholar, and Author; Dr. Clarence Lusane, Professor of Political Science, American University; Dr. Maurice Jackson, Professor of History, Georgetown University; and Dr. Frank Smith, Director African American Civil War Memorial and Museum.
Event begins at 7:00PM
Presented by: National Archives