Thursday, April 15, 2021

Get Out! Or Stay In! And Celebrate DC's Emancipation Day Holiday with These Events on April 15 & 16

Mayor Bowser Presents: Becoming Douglass Commonwealth, from D.C. Disenfranchisement to Full Democracy

For a first time in history, D.C. statehood bills will likely come up for votes in both houses during the 117th Congress. If past debates about D.C. statehood are any guide, the debates about these bills will be contentious and will focus largely on questions of history. Why should D.C. become a state? Can we admit new states into the Union? Or, is statehood for D.C. even constitutional? 


Westminster Presbyterian Church in Southwest DC Presents: Remember the Pearl, Commemorating the Historic Escape for Freedom by Enslaved Persons in 1848 From the Southwest Waterfront with C.R. Gibbs & Dawne Young, Edmonson Descendant
April 15, 2021 – 7:00 PM EST on Zoom
One hundred seventy-three years ago to the date, in the twilight of a spring Saturday night, 77 enslaved men, women, and children, quietly left their master’s quarters and stole away to freedom aboard a commercial schooner called the Pearl. It was the largest attempt in the country by enslaved persons to escape their chains of bondage. Their daring deed led to a major riot in the city. All were recaptured and sold off down south. But, their audacity to seek freedom shook the very foundations of the American ideas of liberty, justice, and equality. This program honors their strength, courage, fortitude to risk it all for the chance to be free.
From April 16 – 18th, you can visit the memorial site at the SW Duck Pond at 6th & I Streets, SW.   
Mayor Muriel Bowser Presents: D.C. Emancipation Day Virtual Kickoff Celebration “From Enslavement to Statehood - Representation, Identity, and Diversity"
April 15, 2021 – 6:00 PM EST
Leading up to DC Emancipation Day on April 16, 2021, The Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs, the Mayor’s Office of Religious Affairs, and the Mayor’s Interfaith Council will host “From Enslavement to DC Statehood - Representation, Identity, and Diversity 51 Faith Leaders for Statehood”.

This panel will explore the path forward in the quest for racial equality, social justice and DC Statehood with the same perseverance and resilience that brought African Americans through centuries of enslavement, Jim Crow laws, and the racial inequalities that continue to this day.

Emancipation Day Closing Concert
Presented by the Anacostia Coordinating Council, DC Vote, 51 for 51, Indivisible, League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia, and the ACLU of DC
April 16, 2021 – 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
Facebook Livestream on Make GoGo Forever DC Vote and YouTube Livestream “MakeGoGoforever”.  
DC Emancipation Day Celebration – Mt. Zion-Female Union Band Historic Memorial Park Foundation (Georgetown)
April 16, 2021 – 11:00 AM EST at Mt. Zion Female Union Band Society Cemetery
2501 Mill Road, NW, Washington, DC, 20007
Join the Mt. Zion-Female Union Band Historic Memorial Park Foundation as they celebrate and learn more about those that were Emancipated on April 16, 1862. We will start with a libation ceremony and a reading of the names. We encourage anyone who would like to share about an ancestor, a song, poem or reading to come ready. 
For more information feel free to contact the organizer:  Contact
The Get Out!/Stay In! events column is published on The Cleveland Park Listserv and on All Life Is Local on Thursdays.  

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