National Freedom Day 2017 Facts, Quotes,Sayings

What Is National Freedom Day? History, Definition

Created in 1942 by a Philadelphian born in slavery, the annual National Freedom Day commemoration each February 1 calls attention to the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which ended slavery, and the continuing struggle for African American justice and equality.

Shown in 1964, National Freedom Day is observed each year at the Liberty Bell. ( Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries )



National Freedom Day began in the early months of U.S. involvement in World War II. Upon hearing President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945) speak of the Four Freedoms, Richard R. Wright Sr. (1855-1947) wrote in the Philadelphia Tribune that Americans would not be free until everyone, including African Americans, shared fully in those freedoms.  Born into slavery in Georgia, Wright had moved to Philadelphia in 1921 following a long career as an educator, including the presidency of the State College of Industry for Colored Youth and Mechanic Arts in Savannah. Also well known as a political activist and journalist, he was among the thousands of African Americans who migrated north during and following World War I.  After joining several of his children in Philadelphia, including Richard R. Wright Jr. (1878-1967), later Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, he co-founded the Citizens and Southern Bank and Trust Company at Nineteenth and South Streets.

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Wright had a longstanding interest in commemoration, including involvement in the fiftieth anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, a “Seventieth Anniversary Celebration of Negro Progress” in 1933, and creation of the All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors (initially in Fairmount Park, later moved to Logan Circle). For National Freedom Day, he selected February 1 because it was the date when President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) signed the Congressional resolution proposing the Thirteenth Amendment. Promoted vigorously and nationally by Wright until his death in 1947, the earliest observances of National Freedom Day included parades and gatherings of delegates from around the nation at Independence Hall and Congress Hall. Such prominent speakers as Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993) and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) stressed harmony and good will while also calling attention to issues such as political participation and economic opportunity for African Americans. A consistent feature of the commemoration has been the laying of a wreath at the Liberty Bell.



Celebration

It’s a day of reflection where people look back at its importance and effect on society. Government, schools, and some institutions will have discussions, readings, and other relevant thoughts on the day. It’s a day to promote good will, equality and fairnees to your fellow man. In the United States National Freedom Day is not a public holiday but celebrated as an observance.

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100 Awesome Quotes


“What shall I tell the children

Up North about you?”

Then ran round a whisper, a murmur,

Some answer devising:

And a little boy stood up: “General,

Tell ’em we’re rising!”



I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.



Sometimes people

run away to be alone,

but sometimes they

run away to see

if you care enough to follow them...


Sometimes people

run away to be alone,

but sometimes they

run away to see

if you care enough to follow them...



"It's better to die fighting for freedom than to live life in chains."



"Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes."



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