The Revelation Missionary Baptist Church is celebrating life’s history of the Emancipation Proclamation.
“It’s a way to start the New Year off and it’s a way to give credit to Emancipation Proclamation which was established January 1, 1863 which freed approximately 3.5 million slaves,” says Calvin Smyre, Georgia State Representative
Guests sung uplifting music and gave praise remembering how far they have come. Dozens of government officials also came out to commemorate the turning point of the abolishment of slavery.
“Lest, we forget from whence we have come, but we don’t want to forget and to remember. Much work has been done, but there’s much more work to do,” says Andrea Franklin, President of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance.
Speakers touched on key elements that guests can take part in the year 2019.
“Most of the messages center around progress, centered around what areas on improvements that need to take place in the community,” says Smyre.
The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance has observed the Emancipation Proclamation service in Columbus for almost 50 years and it keeps getting bigger and better.
“It’s just not one particular church, but we go from church to church to share the wealth of the service, says Franklin.
The annual ceremony is aimed to provide leadership and service throughout the community.