This manual explains the difference between Independence and Freedom. It recognizes the fact that many countries throughout the world celebrate their Independence but few celebrate freedom, including America. That is because few countries have both independence and freedom at the same time.
A country may have both independence and freedom at the same time, or independence but not freedom, or neither independence nor freedom. In America we celebrate Independence Day each year but we have no occasion to celebrate freedom. The 13th Amendment Freedom Week Movement is designed to fill that void.
WHAT IS THE 13TH AMENDMENT ALL ABOUT?
The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is the cornerstone of this manual. It is the foundation upon which all other rights, privileges and responsibilities belonging to Black Americans in this country were built. The 13th Amendment Freedom Week Manual is written to provide an annual celebrations week, during the week of December 6th, that educates as well as celebrates the beginning of freedom for ALL (not just some) American citizens. This manual focuses on the ANTI-slavery movement in America, starting with the Quakers and Founding Fathers, and includes the courageous actions of the slaves and freed slaves themselves. It is hoped that it will give proper respect and honor to the brave souls who, with God’s help, unleashed overwhelming powerful forces to break the chains of bondage for four million slaves and their descendents. The manual seeks to establish an annual week long celebration featuring something new to learn each day.
It will provide a consolidated system of knowledge that leads to increased freedoms. It explains what freedom means, and it explains the difference between national independence and individual freedoms. On Day One, the manual’s focus is on outstanding abolitionists; Day Two, it highlights the basic “forms” of government that may or may not contribute to freedom, justice and equal opportunity; on Day Three, the book highlights the various “kinds” of economic systems that may or may not also contribute to freedom, justice and equal opportunity; on Day Four, the manual provides a list of historical documents that have contributed to freedom; on Day Five an exercise in genealogical research is encouraged; on Day Six, festivities and games are encouraged; and on Day Seven, “Guiding Principles for Reflection and Contemplation” are listed. The 13th Amendment Freedom Week Manual features and highlights the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments and is unique in that it also list the members of the 38th Congress, the 39th Congress and the 40th Congress who voted for or against these particular Amendments, respectfully.