Civil War characters stroll down Pennsylvania Avenue during the Emancipation Day Parade on Saturday, April 16, 2016 in northwest. /Photo by Patricia Little @5feet2
Black History

2016 EMANCIPATION DAY PARADE

Residents of the District of Columbia and tourists had the opportunity to observe the DC Emancipation Day parade on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 1 p.m. along Pennsylvania Avenue in northwest. The event, which was made an official holiday in 2005, featured educational and commemorative activities that celebrated the end of slavery in the nation’s capital. Participants included DCPS and College marching bands, dancers, all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, balloon floats, local officials, community associations, and DC Statehood organizations. Proceeding the parade was a concert and fireworks display at Freedom Plaza. President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation on April 16, 1862, which granted freedom to 3,100 enslaved persons in the District of Columbia. The act passed nine months before Lincoln’s famous Emancipation Proclamation, thereby granting freedom to citizens living in the District of Columbia, and making it the country’s first freed from the institution of slavery.

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Post card fliers available to guests at the world premiere screening of Dunbar, Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the E Street Cinema in Northwest. /Photo by Patricia Little @5feet2
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DUNBAR WORLD PREMIERE SCREENING AT E STREET CINEMA

Alumni from Dunbar High School were delighted to attend the world premiere of “Dunbar: The Alchemy of Achievement,” at the Landmark E Street Cinema, Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in northwest D.C. Patrons purchased popcorn and found the best seat in the house to view the first documentary highlighting one of America’s oldest public high schools for African Americans. The high school, named after the famous poet Paul Lawrence Dunbar, has a controversial history that many continue to find of interest today, in which some claim it to have been a school for the elite. The film featured well known alumni such as former DC Mayor Vincent Gray, Congress woman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Pulitzer Prize Winner, Colbert King, who gave an oral history of the school’s challenges with desegregation, funding issues, low enrollment, and building renovation. Dorothy C. Egbufor, a 1991 alumnae, moderated a panel discussion with the cast members after the screening.

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