4.16.2014 DC EMANCIPATION DAY | 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
4.16.2014 FREEDOM PLAZA | 4pmJoin eventgoers for a free live concert featuring Brian Lenair from 4-5pm and the BET sponsored show from 5-8:30pm featuring Talib Kweli, Raheem DeVaugn, MC Lyte, Arrested Development, Doug E Fresh, DJ Kool, J. Ivy, Black Alley Band, and more.
THE GREAT DEBATE
4.13.2014 LINCOLN THEATRE | 6PMEngage with panelists Monie Love, MC Hammer, Doug E Fresh, Toni Blackman, Michael Skolnik and more live from the Lincoln Theatre, for a town hall-style discussion on education, employment, anti-violence and more
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
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About DC Emancipation DayApril 16 2014
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.