Civil rights groups declare New Year’s Day ‘Emancipation [Proclamation] Day’

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Jan. 1 is more than New Year’s Day.

It’s also Emancipation Day, civil rights groups across the nation have declared.

New Year’s Day is the 156th anniversary of the date in 1863 on which the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln took effect, freeing African-Americans from slavery.

This year also marks the 400th anniversary of the first documented arrival of slaves kidnapped from Africa into the torturous journey to American shores via a barbaric, trans-Atlantic slave trade, Rainbow PUSH Coalition Founder/President Rev. Jesse Jackson said Monday.

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