WASHINGTON DC, USA (01/04/13)—
“A historic modern “Emancipation Rally” will be held on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, January 12, to raise awareness of human trafficking. Scheduled for 2 p.m. EST, the event is being held in conjunction with the Weekend of Prayer to End Slavery and Trafficking. The public is invited to attend.
The keynote speaker will be Kenneth Morris, Jr., the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass, one of the nation’s earliest abolitionists. Morris has a unique heritage. He is also a descendant of Booker T. Washington.
Just as his celebrated ancestor fought for emancipation in the 19th century, Morris is a modern-day abolitionist, working through the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation, which he heads.
The rally will feature other abolitionist leaders as well as Catholic and Protestant clergy who will lead participants in prayer to end modern day slavery..
The rally is being held just eleven days after the nation has celebrated the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. The symbolism of a n emancipation rally led by the descendant of Frederick Douglass and on the foot of our nation’s memorial to the man who ended slavery in the 19th century is abundantly clear .
The Weekend of Prayer to End Slavery and Trafficking is being led by a coalition of abolitionists and prayer leaders. The Task Force’s mission is to mobilize people of prayer throughout the U.S. and to encourage awareness of the issue of human trafficking. Leadership is seeking to organize a million people to pray for an end to modern-day slavery. The initiative is scheduled for January 11-13, 2013, coinciding with the Congressional designation of January 11 as “Human Trafficking Awareness Day.”
Tomas J. Lares of Orlando, who heads Florida Abolitionist, founded the national annual prayer initiative in 2012 and is its National Chair. “Our Weekend of Prayer National Leadership Task Force and our partners believe that we can best fight this scourge of evil through prayer and wisdom from God,” said Lares. “It is essential that people of faith exercise leadership roles in this fight, the greatest civil rights issue in the world today, just as religious leaders in the nineteenth century led the fight to end slavery in their age, and religious leaders led the fight for civil rights in this country. It is morally intolerable that slavery still exists in America in the twenty-first century and we must do all that we can to bring an end to this evil. ”
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