The Atlanta NAACP will hold its annual Jubilee Day in observance of the Emancipation Proclamation on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Ben Hill United Methodist Church, 2099 Fairburn Road, SW.
During this celebration of the 150th anniversary of the publishing of the Emancipation Proclamation parishioners will pay tribute to Dr. C. Clayton Powell, a community champion for civil rights.
"Emancipation 2013: Honoring Our Past; Embracing Our Present; Empowering Our Future" is the theme for this year's celebration which is chaired by Dr. Marie Robinson-Metze. The vice chair for the occasion is Rev. Dr. Michael D. Stinson.
The Reverend Dr. Timothy Tee Boddie, former pastor of Atlanta's Friendship Baptist Church is the speaker for Jubilee Day. Previously, Dr. Boddie served 11 years as University Chaplin and Pastor of the Memorial Church at Hampton University in Hampton, Va.
Dr. Boddie is an honor graduate of Morehouse College and holds a master's degree from Stanford University and a doctorate degree from Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, Va.
"We are thrilled to have this opportunity to host the Emancipation Proclamation," said Pastor Richard Winn of Ben Hill United Methodist Church. "We invite and encourage all communities of faith to show up and be united as one front for liberation. We commend the Atlanta Branch of the NAACP for their efforts for freedom."
Atlanta NAACP President, Reverend Dr. R. L. White, also weighed in on the celebration.
"It is always a great time to reflect on our history and to celebrate freedom and thank God for another year," said White. "This is not the time to turn away from our past, because if we do, we are setting ourselves up to repeat the same mistakes. We invite everyone to come out and share in the Sesquicentennial Jubilee Day as we celebrate the gains we've made as a people."
For further information, please contact the NAACP local office at 404-756-5447.