|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 12, 2023
|Contact: Shannon Augustus
|Media Advisory – DC Emancipation Day: Panel Discussion
Sunday, April 16th, 2023
WASHINGTON — In recognition of DC’s Emancipation Day, the League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia and the League of Women Voters of the United States will co-host a panel discussion on DC Statehood.
April 16th is the celebration of President Lincoln’s District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act, which freed approximately 2,989 African Americans in the district in 1862 during the Civil War. More than 150 years later, residents in DC are still not afforded the same rights as their fellow citizens in other states.
This free event, organized by the League of Women Voters of the United States, will look at the DC statehood movement through a human rights and racial justice lens, featuring prominent DC leaders in the fight. Panelists are:
This event will be moderated by League of Women Voters DMV regional organizer Nile Blass with welcoming remarks by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
Date: Sunday, April 16th, 2023
Time: 6:30 PM-7:45 PM
Location: The Gathering Spot |1720 I Street Northwest Washington, DC 20006
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