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California Emancipation Proclamation ~ How did we get here and where are we going?
by khubaka, michael harris
Tuesday Sep 18th, 2012 7:42 AM
The 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation begins an essential conversation to understand what it means to be an American from an African centered perspective and finally quantify our contribution in the Sacramento River Basin in an equitable manner.
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On September 22, 2012 the California State Capitol will come alive with activities to showcase the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. We will provide essential educational resources to understand what it means to be an American by while feeding our mind, body and spirit the lessons of our early California pioneers of African Ancestry.

The play Black Country, a free 1:00 pm matinee performance will feature Ernest Johnson and his personal musical journey through Texas, a repeated performance begins at 4:00 pm., in Room 126 of the California State Capitol.

Our formal opening ceremony on the North Steps of the California State Capitol will feature keynote speaker Dr. John Jackson, President of William Jessup University, a Christ-Centered institution of higher learning.

Dr. Ralph Lee White will share his commitment to reach every household in America to let them know that Abraham Lincoln was instructed by God, just as Moses was to set up the Tabernacle on the first day of the first month, to sign the Emancipation Proclamation.

Together we will set the stage and share our vision for celebrating Freedom's Eve and our Freedom Day Parade 2013.

Today, the notion of a divided America is clearly seen in the two faces and two directions of the 2012 Presidential campaign, again divided by race and culture. Yet, we must bring light to our historical journey towards the Emancipation Proclamation while sharing our local history at the confluence of the Sacramento and American River.

Our contribution to the forward flow of humanity cannot remain cloaked in veiled secrecy and intentional historical amnesia by design.

Black Agriculture continues to quantify our past, present and future throughout the State of California and beyond.

Not far from our California State Capitol, “Civil War era” intense battles in the aftermath of the California Gold Rush and ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution tell the story of an empowered community and effective legacy of our contribution.

Bipartisan leaders within the California State Capitol and U.S. Capitol are making an effort to explore the valuable education lessons available by sharing the legacy of the journey towards the Emancipation Proclamation while moving forward to a more perfect union.

Black Agriculture remains the economic foundation of a people yearning for a greater measure of freedom, let us open the flood gates toward prosperity.

A stalled 2012 Farm Bill pubic policy is currently predicated upon the historic legacy of "America's Last Plantation" and a separate and unequal legacy of U.S. Agriculture policy, 1862 vs. 1890 allocation of tax payer resources and service delivery is an example of the ongoing journey towards full emancipation.

Endangered Black Agriculture Act of 2012 is a targeted focus to provide service delivery and increase production capacity. U.S. Farm Policy can help create new jobs, expand technical education and stimulate economic development in targeted depressed census tracts and zip codes throughout America, servicing residents in both urban and rural congressional districts.

"Catch-up Programs" that reward Black Agriculture production tied to job creation are essential measured to ensure the endangered species of Black Agriculture producers. Pigford II payments may finally put to rest past class action claims from last century.

Nearly 500 billion dollars in tax payer resources for the proposed 2012 Farm Bill could include specific remedy to include targeted programs to move resources from "supplemental nutrition assistance programs" toward viable "sustainable community agriculture programs."

The U.S. House Agriculture Committee lead by Chairman Lucus has a very difficult job as conference committee chair of the 2012 Farm Bill
> conversation, factions of the House Republican Caucus seem prepared for a "Civil War" of values and beliefs given the economic climate of limited support for American citizens.

The lessons from the Battle of Antietam, remain an open secret, watch the movie Glory for a reminder. Over 22,000 Americans, Confederate and Union died in America's bloodiest battle to date"yet, a new "Civil War" of values is on the short horizion.

September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation after America's bloodiest battle that began an ongoing unrealized journey of America's Second Independence Day, in the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

A short drive from California State Capitol, through the lush golden foothills of California Gold Rush country, a sacred place to reflect upon
the "Price Paid" to form a more perfect union is available to remind us of how far we have come and how far we have to go.

To end the day we will lay a wreath at the historic Negro Hill Cemetery in remembrance and deference to our extended families, we have never forgotten, who paid the price to expand the conversation of freedom for people of African ancestry.

The 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation is essential to understand what it means to be an American and finally quantify our contribution in the Sacramento River Basin in an equitable manner.