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Release Date: Friday, May 24, 2013 4:00 PM
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Howard University Participates in Emancipation Nation’s “Celebrating Freedom”

“Celebrating Freedom” is Part of Howard’s Constitution Week of Events

WASHINGTON (September 11, 2012) – Howard University and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will sponsor, “Celebrating Freedom” on Monday, September 17, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the base of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The event commemorates the issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. The program will feature performances by Howard’s vocal jazz ensemble Afro Blue and ROTC Color Guard.  Additional performers will include actress Alfre Woodard and actor and alumnus Tyree Young.

The “Celebrating Freedom” performance marks the conclusion of the NEH’s Emancipation Nation daylong commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s 1862 Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. It was a pivotal moment in the process that led to the adoption of the Thirteen Amendment, which outlawed slavery and fundamentally restructured the United States.

“Celebrating Freedom” is a part of Howard’s Constitution Week of events. Additional events include:

September 13, 2012, 4 p.m.
 Voting Rights: Old and New Challenges – Panel Discussion
Founders Library, Howard University

September 17, 2012, 12:15 p.m.
 Fairness, Constitutional and Human Rights of Female Athletes
Notre Dame Hall, Howard Law School

September 17, 2012, 1:30 p.m.
Emancipation Nation: Celebrating Freedom on Constitution Day – Panel Discussion
 A discussion of events leading up to the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation by a panel of five leading Civil War scholars
Warner Brothers Theater Smithsonian's National Museum of American History; event will be video-streamed to the Howard University campus.

September 19, 2012, 2 p.m.,
African-American Contributions to Emancipation – Panel Discussion
Blackburn Center, Howard University

All events are free and open to the public.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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