National Freedom Day, always celebrated on February 1, celebrates liberation from slavery. It also recognizes that America is a symbol of freedom. The day honors Abraham Lincoln's signing of a joint resolution of the House and Senate, which later became the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution. President Lincoln signed the Slavery Amendment on February 1, 1865. Until December 18, 1865, It was ratified by the states.
History of National Freedom Day
Abraham Lincoln signed the document banning slavery on February 1, 1865. Although the resolution was later ratified by the states, it was the first step in helping all people regardless of origin and origin. Skin color is free.
Major Richard Robert Wright Sr., American civil rights campaigner, politician and former slave, believes that one day all Americans should celebrate their freedom. He invited national and local leaders to meet and organize a movement commemorating the signing of the 13th Amendment by A. Lincoln.
National Freedom Day marks the culmination of National Anti-Slavery and Trafficking Month. More than 150 years after President Lincoln's promise of freedom, an estimated 24.9 million individuals around the world are exploited by traffickers. Our nation is struggling to redress the consequences of both the transatlantic slave trade and the ensuing campaigns of oppression against the newly liberated and their descendants.
As we reflect on the work ahead to combat human trafficking and entrenched disparities in law and public policy, the State Department will do everything in its power to revive our commitments and strengthen efforts to tackle these problems globally.
On this day, the Department of Innovation is committed to working with our global and multilateral partners including governments, civil society, the private sector, and living leaders - as well such as the United States Congress and federal agencies to address the large scale and complexity of human trafficking. We look forward to working together to better integrate anti-trafficking measures into other key policy areas such as trade, migration, humanitarian response and the environment. The Department's annual Trafficking in Persons Report allows us to predict emerging trafficking trends including as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, engaging our partners and lending our support to guarantee progress worldwide.
The Department will ensure its anti-trafficking policies and programs address all forms of trafficking and are intentional about recognizing and addressing systemic inequities that cause certain communities to suffer restricted and encouraged traffickers. To this end, the Department is launching a new project through its Trafficking Expertise Network, consisting of victim leaders and other subject matter experts, to learn more about ways in which institutional racism relates to human trafficking and defines how to integrate an equity-based approach to our work.
In the two decades since Congress passed the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, the first federal act to address trafficking in a comprehensive way, the Department has made the fight against human trafficking a priority policy in the United States and around the world. On this day, we pause to recognize the heroes who fought against injustice to ensure freedom for all. Going forward, we must step up our efforts and reinvigorate our role as leaders in the global fight to end human trafficking, reaffirming our commitment to meaningful interactions with those who need it. Survive and fight human trafficking in all its forms.
How to celebrate National Freedom Day
Many people in the United States reflect and remember the importance of freedom on National Freedom Day. The President of the United States may annually issue a proclamation on this day. Some educational institutions may incorporate National Freedom Day-related topics as part of class discussions, readings, and other learning activities that explore the importance of the day and history of this day.
Information about local celebrations or events centered on National Freedom Day may be published before and on February 1. For some, this is a time to promote goodwill, equality and appreciation of freedom. Laying a wreath at the Liberty Bell has also been a tradition to mark National Freedom Day for many years. Other events include annual breakfasts, lunches, musical entertainment, film screenings, and literary meetings that explore the theme of freedom.
ObservedNational Freedom Day has been observed annually on February 1st.
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