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New York Daily News: February 1, 2016
Yes Black History Month and celebrate the struggles and triumphs of America

 

Auburn Citizen: February 1, 2016
Auchampaugh: Who owned slaves in Owasco?

 

Observer-Dispatch: January 31, 2016
OUR VIEW: Make black history American history

 

Amsterdam News: January 29, 2016
Black History Month theme highlights African American historic places

 

New York Daily News: January 28, 2016
Challenger 30th anniversary: Remembering Ronald McNair

 

theroot.com: January 26, 2016
Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation Sells for Record Price at Sundance

 

The New York Times: January 21, 2016
Evidence of Burial Ground Is Discovered

 

theroot.com: January 7, 2016
Literary Women Pay Homage to Zora Neale Hurston on Her 125th Birthday

 

Huffington Post: November 30, 2015
Urgency and Optimism: Chisholm's Legacy and the Status of Black Women in American Politics Today

 

New York Times: November 20, 2015
Mal Whitfield, Olympic Gold Medalist and Tuskegee Airman, Dies at 91

 

NY Daily News: November 6, 2015
Brooklyn Tuskegee Airman who joined FDNY after WWII dies at age 95

 

Theroot.com: October 26, 2015
A Rare, Firsthand Account of an African Muslim Enslaved in Brazil

 

Time.com: October 4, 2015
Textbook Company to Update Description of Slaves as ‘Workers’ After Criticism

 

New York Times: August 23, 2015
Rhode Island Church Taking Unusual Step to Illuminate Its Slavery Role

 

New York Times: August 13, 2015
Missing Historical Marker Resurrects Debate Over Photographer’s Birthplace

 

Sag Harbor News: August 13, 2015
Slave Dwelling Project, A Stay in the Manor’s Attic

 

New York Times: August 12, 2015
Confronting Slavery at Long Island’s Oldest Estates

 

New York Daily News: July 30, 2015
Tuskegee Airman William White, a 'humble' hero, dies in Virginia home aged 88

 

Huffington Post: July 22, 2015
Frederick Douglass and Southern Politics

 

New York Times: July 13, 2015
CUNY Exhibition Documents Lives of Black Africans in Early Dominican Republic

 

New York Times: July 6, 2015
Adirondack Town Mystery: Who Stole Marker for a Civil War Photographer?

 

Huffington Post: July 2, 2015
Recovering New York City's Black History

 

Associated Press: July 1, 2015
Misty Copeland's promotion at ABT breaks barriers

 

New York Times: May 31, 2015
Grim History Traced in Sunken Slave Ship Found Off South Africa

 

Amsterdam News: May 15, 2015
Recognizing How Slaves Helped Build NYC


AtlantaBlackStar.com: May 13, 2015
8 Interesting Facts About Cathay Williams, the Only Black Woman Enlisted as a Buffalo Soldier


Associated Press: May 10, 2015
West Point names barracks for black graduate who was shunned


New York Times: May 7, 2015
Diane White Clatto, Weathercaster Who Broke a Color Barrier, Dies at 76


AtlantaBlackStar.com: May 1, 2015
With 150th Anniversary of Reconstruction, Federal Govt. Delves Into Greater Examination of That Crucial Period in American History





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From Emancipation to Freedom and Beyond

This year, 2013, is an anniversary year that we have been anticipating for quite some time here at the Amistad Commission.  The anniversaries of key moments from the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement coincide to represent important steps in our nation’s reckoning with slavery and racism.

January 1, 2013, marked the 150th anniversary of one of our nation’s greatest events: On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, an act that freed thousands of slaves but did not end slavery. However, signing this document marked a turning point that lead to passage of the Thirteenth Amendment that outlawed slavery outright.

The 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation had been commemorated in various ways throughout the state, including a traveling exhibit in the fall of 2012 produced by the New York State Museum, a division of the New York State Education Department. “The First Step to Freedom: Abraham Lincoln’s Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation,” traveled to eight cities across the state to rave reviews. Stops were made in New York City, Syracuse, Buffalo, Plattsburgh, Rochester, Binghamton, Utica and Albany. For exhibit highlights, go to this link: http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/ep/.

Yet, the struggle is not over. Not only are we celebrating freedom but we are also engaged in reflection and action by educating others and ourselves about these important historic chapters long forgotten.

“The Amistad Commission is proud to acknowledge and commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and this anniversary year of key historic moments,” said New York Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales. “We should mark Civil Rights moments not only during anniversary years, but also every single day as a reminder of how far we have come and how far we need to go.”  The Amistad Commission is hosted under auspices of the New York Department of State.