The Lincoln Proclamation Association presented their third annual Emancipation Proclamation awards luncheon last weekend. The event is dedicated to the proclamation that was delivered by President Abraham Lincoln on September 22, 1862 and was fully enforced on January 1, 1863. It was founded in 1945 by community advocate Eartha M.M. White.
Celebrating 159 years of freedom, keynote speaker Judge Brian J. Davis inspired and educated the audience. Judge Davis explained in detail some of the issues Baldwin objected to and expounded on the importance of people voting individually and collectively. “Voting is not a panacea, but exercise that right as a citizen as it is written in the United States Constitution,” said Judge Davis. The Associations mission and goal is to obtain a better life and better outcome through wellness that consists of health care, mental health care, education, aide to our veterans in need and youth training programs.
Shown receiving the Louis Horace Adams Award, for Community Service to the City of Jacksonville are awardees Alphonzo Neal and Deborah Brown Neal.