Category: 13th Amendment Commemoration

The 13th Amendment at 150: From the Depth We Have Climbed.

Frederick Douglass once said: ‘You are not judged by the height you have risen, but from the depth you have climbed.’

One hundred and fifty years ago, our nation resolved to climb out of the deepest, darkest chapter in American history–the insidious institution of slavery. –Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid

President Obama at the Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the 13th Amendment at the U.S. Capitol. Courtesy

Yesterday, President Barack Obama; House Speaker Paul Ryan and House and Senate leaders (I hope House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was comfortable with his role during the ceremony); members of the Congressional Black Caucus; and other House members, Senators and guests commemorated 150 years since the ratification of the 13th amendment, which abolished slavery in the United States. The august ceremony was held, most appropriately, in Emancipation Hall in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, DC.

That profound, meaningful and important moment seemed to garner relatively little media attention and comment.

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