By Brenda Kelly – The Lincoln-Douglass Emancipation Proclamation Association, Inc. held its annual service on January 1, 2022, at Edward Waters University, in Lee Cousins Milne Auditorium. The keynote speaker was State Representative District 13, Tracie Neal Davis. Quillie Jones was the recipient of the James S. Genwright Sr. Humanitarian Award, and Brianna Renee Pendergrass, an Edward Waters University student, received the Gayle Kendall Education Award.
President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, in 1862, proclaiming that all persons held as slaves would be free. More than 8 decades ago, the late Eartha M.M. White began a celebration to commemorate this major milestone in our country’s history. The tradition is continued every January 1st.
The mission of The Lincoln-Douglass Emancipation Proclamation, Inc. focuses on a “four-legged stool” concept – higher education, health and welfare, support of veterans, and occupational training.