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Roanoke NAACP honors Jubilee Day during virtual event

Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 6:56 PM EST
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Each year on January 1, the Roanoke Branch of the NAACP honors Jubilee Day with a service and celebration.

Friday afternoon, members continued that tradition with a virtual program that included prayers, musical performances and remarks from minister and school administrator Archie Freeman.

‘You have one life to live,” Freeman told the audience watching the program online. “So live your life, standing up and standing on the promises, rather than sitting there on the premises, speaking up instead of shutting up, rising up instead of falling down.”

The Jubilee Day program commemorates the day in 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

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