The Lincoln Proclamation Association presented its third annual Emancipation Proclamation Awards Luncheon last weekend. The event is dedicated to the proclamation made by President Abraham Lincoln on September 22, 1862 and fully implemented on January 1, 1863. It was founded in 1945 by community lawyer Eartha MM White.
Celebrating 159 years of freedom, keynote speaker Judge Brian J. Davis inspired and educated audiences. Justice Davis explained in detail some of the issues that Baldwin objected to and explained the importance of individual and collective voting. âVoting is not a panacea, but exercising this right as a citizen as written in the Constitution of the United States,â said Justice Davis. The mission and goal of the association is to achieve better lives and better outcomes through wellness which includes health care, mental health care, education, assistance to our veterans in the need and training programs for young people.
Laureates Alphonzo Neal and Deborah Brown Neal are pictured receiving the Louis Horace Adams Award, for community service to the city of Jacksonville.