President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, as the nation approached its third year of bloody civil war. The proclamation declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free."
Despite this expansive wording, the Emancipation Proclamation was limited in many ways. It applied only to states that had seceded from the Union, leaving slavery untouched in the loyal Border States. It also expressly exempted parts of the Confederacy that had already come under Northern control. Most important, the freedom it promised depended upon Union military victory.
Although the Emancipation Proclamation did not immediately free a single slave, it fundamentally transformed the character of the war. After January 1, 1863, every advance of federal troops expanded the domain of freedom. Colony after colony, territory after territory, and State after State heard of the signing of the Proclamation. Moreover, the Proclamation announced the acceptance of black men into the Union Army and Navy, enabling the liberated to become liberators. By the end of the war, almost 200,000 black soldiers and sailors had fought for the Union and freedom.
From the first days of the Civil War, slaves had acted to secure their own liberty. The Emancipation Proclamation confirmed their insistence that the war for the Union must become a war for freedom. It added moral force to the Union cause and strengthened the Union both militarily and politically. As a milestone along the road to slavery's final destruction, the Emancipation Proclamation has assumed a place among the great documents of human freedom.
On January 1st of each year, the NAACP DeKalb County Branch and other branches celebrate the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. This celebration is called Jubilee Day. Join the NAACP and celebrate the cause.
Annual Jubilee Day Celebration
RAINBOW PARK BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Steven N. Dial, Sr.
2941 COLUMBIA DRIVE
DECATUR, GEORGIA 30034
TUESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2013, 10:30 AM
SPEAKER: ATTORNEY DERRICK ALEXANDER POPE
Solicitation of problems experienced in voting during the November 6, 2012 General Election.
The DeKalb County, Georgia Branch NAACP is asking all DeKalb citizens who experienced any kind of problem or impropriety during the recent General Election to do the following:
1. Put your complaint in writing and send to the DeKalb Branch NAACP via email/fax/USPS.
2. Bring complaints in writing to the DeKalb NAACP General Membership Meeting.
Saturday, November 17, 2012, 10:00 am.
Georgia Piedmont Technical College Conference Center.
495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Georgia 30021.
Your information will determine future action to ensure that voting is conducted properly. The Georgia State Conference NAACP will compile all information received to determine what action is appropriate on the state level.
Questions? Contact info.
NAACP DeKalb County Branch #5192
John Evans, President
3011 Rainbow Drive, Suite 180A
Decatur, Georgia 30034
Telephone 404 241-8006 or 404 213-8510
Fax 404 751-2743
Curley Davis (Political Action Chair) and Angela Patrick (Executive Committee Member) would like to take this opportunity to give "Special Thanks" to everyone that came out to the Branch office on "Election Day" to help us with our Get Out The Vote Activities!
We truly appreciated everyone sacrificing their time and resources to help us get DeKalb county voters to the "polls".
We will keep in touch with you and are planning something special for our wonderful volunteers before the end of the year.
God Bless President Obama and the United States of America!