MARBELLA HINOJOSA, MINNEAPOLIS CORRESPONDENT
February 1, the first day of Black History Month, is “National Freedom Day.” Although is not a holiday marked with days off, it has been recognized by law since 1948.
The holiday marks the day that President Abraham Lincoln signed the joint House and Senate resolution that banned slavery. That resolution later became the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which was not formally adopted until December 1865.
On this day, many towns have festivals and celebrations. The Liberty Bell has also been a tradition to mark National Freedom Day is an iconic symbol of American Independence, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
It´s a day to celebrate freedom for all people, particularly for African-Americans. Black History Month highlights those who contributed to our nation, before and after the abolition of slavery. It´s a time to remember the incredible stories of those who helped make our nation what it is today.
“I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people”- Rosa Parks