So this particular day, the 19 of June, is Juneteenth; and thus, a reading the words of the Emancipation Proclamation.
MICHEL MARTIN: By the president of the United States of America, a proclamation, whereas on the 22 day of September in the Year of Our Lord 1862,
a proclamation was issued by the president of the United States, containing, among other things, the following – to wit…
NOEL KING: That on the first day of January in the year of our Lord 1863, all persons held as slaves within any state or designated part of a state, the people
whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thence forward and forever free.
SAM SANDERS: And the executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain
the freedom of such persons and will do no act or acts to repress such persons or any of them and any efforts they make for their actual freedom.
RODNEY CARMICHAEL: That the executive will, on the first day of January aforesaid, by proclamation designate the states and parts of states,
if any, in which the people thereof respectively shall then be in rebellion against the United States.
JUANA SUMMERS: And the fact that any state or the people thereof shall on that day be, in good faith, represented in the Congress of the United States
by members chosen thereto at elections wherein a majority of the qualified voters of such state shall have participated shall, in the absence of strong
countervailing testimony, be deemed conclusive evidence that such state and the people thereof are not, then, in rebellion against the United States.
DWANE BROWN: Now, therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, president of the United States, by virtue of the power vested as commander in chief, of the Army and
Navy of the United States in time of actual armed rebellion against the authority and government of the United States and as a fit and necessary war measure for
suppressing said rebellion…
AUDIE CORNISH: …Due on this first day of January in the year of our Lord 1863 and in accordance with my purpose so to do publicly proclaimed for the
full period of 100 days from the day first above mentioned, order and designate as the states and parts of states wherein the people thereof respectively are this
day in rebellion against the United States the following, to wit…
TONYA MOSLEY: Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana – except for the parishes of St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, St. John, St. Charles, St. James Ascension,
Assumption, Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary, St. Martin and Orleans, including the city of New Orleans – Mississippi, Alabama…
BRAKKTON BOOKER: …Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia – except the 48 counties designated as West Virginia and also the
counties of Berkley, Accomack, Northampton, Elizabeth City, York, Princess Ann and Norfolk, including the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth – and which excepted
parts are, for the present, left precisely as if this proclamation were not issued.
KORVA COLEMAN: And by virtue of the power and for the purpose aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated
states and parts of states are and henceforward shall be free.
GENE DEMBY: And that the executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain
the freedom of said persons.
CHERYL CORLEY: And I hereby enjoin upon the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self-defense, and I recommend
to them that in all cases when allowed, they labor faithfully for reasonable wages.
ERIC DEGGANS: And I further declare and make known that such persons of suitable condition will be received into the armed service of the United States to
garrison forts, positions, stations and other places and to man vessels of all sorts in said service.
AYESHA RASCOE: And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity, I invoke the
considerate judgment of mankind and the gracious favor of Almighty God.
WALTER RAY WATSON: In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be fixed. Done at the city of Washington,
this first day of January in the year of our Lord 1863 and of the independence of the United States of America the 87th.
By the president, Abraham Lincoln.
The reading of the Emancipation Proclamation to commemorate Juneteenth today, also known as Emancipation Day or Black Independence Day.
“FREE AT LAST”, Oh, I’m free at last, free at last.
To listen to the reading — well worth it — check it out via the following link.