Conferences & Events
Maryland Emancipation Day 2020
Maryland Emancipation Day 2020: A Great Example of the Importance of Voting
On November 1, 1864, the new Maryland Constitution took effect. The Constitution was affirmed by a slim 375 margin, which was supplied by soldiers from the United States Federal Army. The votes of these men profoundly affected the lives of nearly 90,000 enslaved African Americans. On this occasion, those enslaved persons whose days and nights had been ruled by the whims of others could finally imagine that they, too, were represented as free, within the United States Constitution.
On the immediate dawn of a new election, The Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation recognizes and celebrates this historic event in the memory of the Haley ancestors, Kunta Kinte and Kizzy, and the millions of persons of African descent who never experienced a free sunrise while they lived on American shores.
We urge, also, in honor of those who never could, vote!
Maryland Emancipation Acknowledgements and Events