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Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

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11/12/2013 7:00 PM - 11/12/2013 9:00 PM
Webb University Center - North Cafeteria
The Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity will commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM in the University Webb Center - North Cafeteria. The theme of the program is “What is FREEDOM and who defines it?” Professor Tim Seibles will open the event with a poetic expression of ‘Reflections,’ written by Frederick Douglas. Next, Dr. Michael Hucles will discuss the historical context of the Emancipation Proclamation, the uncertainties, and also localize the discussion to the Hampton Roads area with a specific emphasis on the excluded territory of Norfolk. Afterwards, Dr. Jesse Richman will discuss the structure of the Emancipation Proclamation which was shaped by Lincoln's concerns about the scope of his constitutional powers to include the repeated revision and contest, and renewal of key constitutional questions. He will then trace some key elements of this history through to the most recent chapters including this year's Supreme Court decision to declare parts of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. On behalf of Floetic Movement, Kimberly Morris who is double majoring in sociology and criminal justice will recite a poem she wrote ‘Freedom is Not Free.” The event will calumniate by illustrating power, strength, and celebration through African Drumming and African/Caribbean Dance. Throughout the evening, guests will have an opportunity to view an enlarged photocopy of the Emancipation Proclamation, exhibit displaying digital images documenting the sale of slaves as well as other relevant photos during the time period, and a very powerful power point presentation of images representing the time period developed by Dr. Robert Wojtowicz. Please join us as we commemorate this momentous occasion and extend the invitation to your students. Please contact Melvina Sumter via e-mail at msumter@odu.edu for more details.