National Freedom Day, observed on February 1st, celebrates freedom from slavery.  It also recognizes that America is a symbol of liberty.  It honors the signing by Abraham Lincoln of a joint House and Senate resolution that later became the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution   President Lincoln signed the Amendment outlawing slavery on February 1, 1865.  It was not ratified by the states, however, until later on December 18, 1865.

A former slave by the name of Major Richard Robert Wright, Sr. created National Freedom Day because he felt this day needed to be celebrated. He was looked upon as a great leader in the community.  [courtesy National Day of Calendar]

February is also Black History Month. May I suggest you search out the story of Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglas, Sojourner Truth, Malcolm X, Booker T. Washington, or Dr. Martin Luther King to learn what contributions these people made for the equality of their race. There is also the story of The Underground Railroad that tells of the white people who helped during the time of slavery.

There is so much history about this subject and for fear of saying something that will offend someone I’ll leave it at that. I do realize there is still a long way to go in the fight against prejudice. I hope one day all us crazy humans can live together peacefully regardless of race, religion or creed, in all parts of the world. I know, that’s a big dream.