The 2013 theme for African American History Month is “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.” The theme was announced by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) in Washington DC.
This year’s theme addresses a complex topic:
– 2013 marks the 50th and 150th year anniversaries, respectively, of two parallel events, occurring in 1863 and 1963.
– In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln’s deeply controversial Emancipation Proclamation was enacted, freeing all slaves in the United States.
– A full century later, 1963, marked a tipping-point in the civil rights movement: the March on Washington, an event that is remains in living memory of many older Americans today.