As I previously reported, this morning began with an attempt to liberate the bathrooms of the General Convention. This effort was a peaceful attempt to protest the experience of being ostracized I nearly always experience when trying to use the restroom in public. I initiated... Read More →
A voice cries out: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. Then the glory of... Read More →
When I ask you to name a place of violence, where does your mind go? Is it to Charleston, the Middle East, schoolyards full of bullies or prisons? These jump to mind because the word ‘violence’ is often reduced to a direct physical assault on a persons’ flesh. Yet in my... Read More →
On this day in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issues a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which sets a date for the freedom of more than 3 million black slaves in the United States and recasts the Civil War as a fight against slavery.
The proclamation was a presidential order and not a law passed by Congress, so Lincoln then pushed for an antislavery amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ensure its permanence. With the passage of the 13th Amendment in 1865, slavery was eliminated throughout America (although blacks would face another century of struggle before they truly began to gain equal rights).
Lincoln’s handwritten draft of the final Emancipation Proclamation was destroyed in the Chicago Fire of 1871. Today, the original official version of the document is housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. ... See MoreSee Less