2013 BLACK HISTORY MONTH THEME
At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington
Each year since 1928, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History has provided a theme for Black History Month. This year's theme, "At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington," corresponds with the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
The year 2013 marks two important anniversaries in the history of African Americans and the United States. On January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation set the United States on the path of ending slavery. One hundred years later in 1963, the historic March on Washington, D.C. set forth the alarm that acceptance of racial segregation in America was under attack.