WHEREAS, President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863 ordered and declared that all persons held as slaves, in states, then in rebellion are henceforward, and forever free; and that the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons; and
WHEREAS, the emancipating of said slaves was not an end within itself, but the beginning of a long struggle for equality and justice that continues today; and
WHEREAS, the history and story of the slaves who were emancipated has not been fully and completely told, nor properly recorded or represented; and
WHEREAS, it is important that this history and story be properly researched and archived for the American people, especially those of African descent; and
WHEREAS, the emancipation of the slaves has significant importance to the "total" and entire history of the United States; and
WHEREAS, the Emancipation Proclamation, a very important document in American History, deserves to have State and/or National recognition or observance, at a designated day or time.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People pursue the observation of a Holiday in recognition of the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that this holiday be our established Jubilee Day, January 1st of each year.