Enjoy Multiple Celebrations including a Large Citywide Parade on Pennsylvania Avenue, A Celebrity Town Hall Panel at Lincoln Theatre, Educational Seminars and Workshops in the John A. Wilson Building, A Free Music Concert at Freedom Plaza, and a Post-Concert Fireworks Finale!
The week began with the DC Emancipation Day Panel; a celebrity town hall, covering emerging social issues within the African American community. The event was held at Lincoln Theatre on Sunday, April 13th at 6pm and featured panelists: Michael Skolnik, Chuck D, Toni Blackman, MC Hammer, and Monie Love, with Robyn Murphy who served as moderator.
DC Emancipation Day celebrations continue onWednesday, April 16th at 11:00am with a festive parade down Pennsylvania Avenue NW boasting more than 40 participating groups, including numerous DC high school and college marching bands, the U.S. Army Fife and Drum Corp and Color Guard, The 54th Voluntary Infantry Regiment, the UniverSOUL Circus, various MPDC Units, neighborhood groups and associations, and much more. Enjoy food and merchandise vendors all throughout the day.
From 1:30pm and again at 2:45pm, visit the Open House at the John A. Wilson Building (near the Parade end route at 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC) for educational workshops with Mark Plotkin, Hon. Frank Smith, Peter Hanes, and Dr. Elizabeth Clark Lewis, Ph.D.
The official DC Emancipation Day Concert, “Message in the Music” will begin at 4pm at Freedom Plaza and feature Brian Lenair (4pm to 5pm), followed by performances by Talib Kweli, Raheem DeVaughn, Arrested Development, MC Lyte, Doug E Fresh and more. The full day of celebrations will end with an impressive Fireworks Finale over Freedom Plaza, beginning at 8:30pm. Get details below, as well as at www.emancipationdc.com. All Emancipation Day DC events are free and open to the public!