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National Freedom Day

February 1

National Freedom Day is a holiday which is celebrated annually on February 1st in the United States. The purpose of this holiday is to not only honor the signing of the 13th amendment on February 1, 1865 – an amendment which outlawed slavery – but it is also a day in which all U.S citizens can celebrate the freedom they share with their fellow Americans. It is also a good day to reflect on the fact that the United States is a country that is dedicated to the ideals of freedom, justice, and equality and that all of us citizens should work towards those goals.

Source: http://www.holidayscalendar.com/event/national-freedom-day/

WHY NATIONAL FREEDOM DAY IS IMPORTANT

A. It keeps us rooted in what matters
This day was originally proposed as a national holiday by Major Richard Robert Wright, Sr. A former slave, he lobbied Congress to designate a day when the freedom of all Americans would be celebrated. The declaration was officially signed into law by President Harry S. Truman in 1948. With war, unrest and worse in so many parts of the world, our long history recognizing ‘freedom’ makes living in America a unique opportunity and blessing.

B. It marks the first day of Black History Month
Celebrating our freedom is the perfect way to start a month of appreciating the history and contributions African Americans have made to our culture, country and the world. We enter Black History Month on a positive and appreciative note, and get to spend an entire month recognizing some amazing achievements. That makes us happy; how about you

C. It’s a day of appreciation
National Freedom Day was established with the hopes of promoting goodwill, fairness and equality. Taking a moment to appreciate all the freedoms we enjoy daily will definitely put a positive spin on your day. Think small when you’re appreciating. You have freedom of speech. You have freedom to practice whatever religion you want! It’s a great opportunity to really consider and appreciate the freedoms we take for granted every other day of the year.

Source: https://nationaltoday.com/national-freedom-day/