DC EMANCIPATION DAY PARADE | 11amJoin thousands of attendees for the Parade on Pennsylvania, featuring large floats, numerous college marching bands, step teams, DC neighborhood groups and organizations, various U.S. Armed Forces bands and units, and more
FREEDOM PLAZA | 6pmJoin eventgoers for a free live concert from 6-8pm. Last year's concert included performances by Talib Kweli, Raheem DeVaugn, MC Lyte, Arrested Development, Doug E Fresh, DJ Kool, J. Ivy and Black Alley Band.
FORD THEATRE | 2PMA star-studded discussion on education, employment, community, anti-violence and other trending topics. Last year's panelists included: Monie Love, MC Hammer, Doug E Fresh, Toni Blackman, and Michael Skolnik.
POST CONCERT DISPLAY | 8:30PMCatch the impressive "Must-See" fireworks display, officially closing out the DC Emancipation Day concert and official celebrations. A one hour special of all official celebrations will air on BET Networks' Centric this summer
Emancipation Day Speaker SeriesJoin an enlightened discussion with national figuresmenu
Live PerformancesThe popular free concert from today's top artistsmenu
Emancipation Black-tie GalaEnjoy a spirited evening and award ceremony
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About DC Emancipation DayApril 16 2015
April 16, 1862 marks the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia. Over 3,000 enslaved persons were freed eight months before the Emancipation Proclamation liberated slaves in the South.