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Event Feature Friday: DC Emancipation Day


~Emancipation Day Parade, April 16, 2016; Washington DC~

I had a chance to attend this event last year and I must say it is encouraging to be a part of and celebrate the freeing of slaves in Washington, DC. There is marching, a free music concert, education, food, and fun! Many school bands and dance groups come to perform and showcase the strength of our ancestors.

“The DC Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862 ended slavery in Washington, DC, freed 3,100 individuals, reimbursed those who had legally owned them and offered the newly freed women and men money to emigrate. It is this legislation, and the courage and struggle of those who fought to make it a reality, that we commemorate every April 16, DC Emancipation Day.”

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~Join one of the nations top comfort food chefs on Tuesday, April 19 in NYC!~

At the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City, Chef Melba Wilson will be both discussing and signing copies of her book Melba’s American Comfort: 100 Recipes from My Heart to Your Kitchen. Wilson is the owner of renowned restaurant in Harlem, Melba’s, which is a hot spot for celebrities, locals, and tourists from around the world. She began her career at Sylvia’s restaurant and has won numerous accolades and awards.

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~4th Annual African American Children’s Book Fair; Saturday, May 14~

Dive into the world of kids’ literature focused on African Americans and people of other ethnicities. Enjoy author readings, illustration workshops, performances, and craft activities. Purchase hard-to-find titles in the Book Village. Free children’s book for every family, while supplies last. Free admission.

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