“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”
- Marcus Garvey
As Black History Month comes to an end, the Black Economic Council (BEC) would like acknowledge the importance of the Emancipation Proclamation. Signed in 1863, this almost 150 year old declaration represents the birth of positive change in America.
Black American history from bondage through the civil rights movement has been a struggle for full membership in American society. The archetype of the civil rights movement has been one of equal rights and equal access. The mobilization of such a movement has made both tangible and intangible equity a reality, but the struggle still continues.
In the 21st century the struggle has come full circle and a new paradigm in the movement is realized. The BEC is engaging minority and women business communities in the movement to achieve true self-sufficiency through economic development and ensuring the practices and protocols in both private and public domains are fair and balanced.
This is why in January 2013, the BEC looks to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation at Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington DC. We have requested through the Speaker of the House John Boehner, to take the next step in reserving the Emancipation Hall for this historical event the first week in January 2013.
Although we have not yet hear from his office, we are still hopeful that he as we do, see the significance of celebrating this event at a location named in honor of the slaves who helped build the U.S. Capitol and America overall.
In order for the Emancipation Hall to be used, a passage of a resolution agreed to by both houses of Congress must occur. Hopefully this will be an example of how, for the good of America, our political figures can unify and remember the significance of the Emancipation Proclamation.
While the BEC would like to have the celebration at the Emancipation Hall, if our request is not approved or ignored, it will be hosted elsewhere in Washington DC. We do however feel the hall is the most appropriate place for this significance event.
As a united front, we can make this happen. We are therefore asking you and others to assist us in reserving this venue by sending emails, making phone calls, writing letters and tweeting the office of the Speaker of the House.
Please visit our website and read more about the Emancipation Proclamation and why the BEC commemorates this significant event.
Just click on the Emancipation tab.