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NewFM’s Emancipation Week Highlights the Modern Fight for Black Freedom in Florida

NewFM: Emancipation Week is necessary to shed light on the continuing challenges America faces in combatting racism, inequity and inequality.

Online and offline events the week of May 14 – May 20, including Jacksonville march against Confederate symbols, mark 153rd Anniversary of the Civil War Emancipation of African Americans in the Sunshine State.

Miami, FL – The fight to remove Confederate symbols and the restoration of voting rights are just some of the topics that New Florida Majority will focus on next week, as it commemorates the 153rd anniversary of African American Emancipation in the state with events in Jacksonville and Miami.  

“Emancipation Week” online and office events will highlight the continuing racial injustices that persist in the state and around the nation, is highlighting a week of events that looks to open up the discussion around the current economic, political and social status of the black community in the Sunshine State.

Tallahassee Emancipation Day Commemoration Ceremony. 2015. Image Source: Museum of Florida History, via

NewFM 2018 Emancipation Week Activities:

Monday, May 14th at 8 PM: An online panel discussion following a virtual screening of the award-winning documentary, “13th”. The discussion will explore the cultural impact of “13th” and the racial implications of mass incarceration in the United States. Click here to register.
• Wednesday, May 16th at 3 PM: An online panel discussion on the connection between confederate monuments, emancipation and institutionalized racism.
• Thursday, May 17th- Saturday, May 19th: Take ‘em Down Jax March calling for the removal of white supremacists symbols from public spaces. Click here for more info.
• Friday, May 18th at 12 PM: Twitter storm using #FreedomAintFree.
• Sunday, May 20th from 12-4 PM: An Emancipation Day community BBQ at USA Flea Market featuring family, food and fun as we reflect on what freedom looks like in Black and Brown communities in 2018.

Union General Edward M. McCook officially announced in Tallahassee the freeing of the state’s African slave population 11 days after the end of the Civil War on May 20, 1865. The Emancipation Proclamation reading is marked annually in the state capital by a reenactment ceremony organized by the Museum of Florida History, the Knott House and the John G. Riley Museum. For decades after the initial proclamation, African-American communities across the state carried out celebrations as a way of both honoring the past and celebrating the present. While the end of slavery in Texas is commonly observed as the end of slavery in the U.S. and celebrated as Junteenth, Florida’s own day provides an opportunity to honor the history of, and continued fight for freedom for, historically marginalized communities.

“Emancipation Week is necessary to shed light on the continuing challenges America faces in combatting racism, inequity and inequality,” said New Florida Majority Political Director Dwight Bullard. “We hope to start a ractical conversation about the meaning of freedom and what still needs to be done to make that a reality for more people. Hopefully, it’s a discussion that will continue beyond the week and towards some very important elections starting this summer.”

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