D.C. Celebrates Emancipation Day

The Capital Guardian Youth Challenge Academy marches down Pennsylvania Avenue during the Emancipation Day Parade on Saturday, April 16, 2016 in northwest. /Photo by Patricia Little @5feet2
The Capital Guardian Youth Challenge Academy marches down Pennsylvania Avenue during the Emancipation Day Parade on Saturday, April 16, 2016 in northwest. /Photo by Patricia Little @5feet2

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, accompanied by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and others, kicked off the city’s annual Emancipation Day celebration Friday with an in-depth conversation on the city’s statehood bid and the impact of federal gun legislation on the District.

Emancipation Day, recognized in D.C. on April 16, commemorates the courage and struggle of those who fought to end slavery. This year’s celebration continues Saturday with a parade and concert with performances by Rare Essence, Brandy, Angie Stone, Big Daddy Kane and others.

The event is also celebrated to renew D.C.’s push for full democracy. Bowser will join residents and other to uplift the voices of modern-day champions who continue the fight for equality.

The District currently boasts 22 co-sponsors in the Senate and 151 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives for the Washington, DC Admission Act.

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