It was a big year to be an abolitionist. I really wish I’d been ready for it! There were milestones and celebrations and remembrances—some worldwide, some national and some just for me. Over and over, I was given opportunities to honor the work that has been done, rejoice in the part I’ve played, and prepare for the fight still ahead.
Here’s a look back:
- 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation
- 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address
- 50th anniversary of the March on Washington
- 50th anniversary of the death of JFK
- Passing of Nelson Mandela
- Got more involved with Not For Sale Georgia.
- Took Out of Darkness training, and began volunteering for Solomon House.
- Attended Lobby Day.
- I heard Jason Russell speak for the first time.
- I heard Mary Francis Bowley speak for the first time.
- I heard Rebecca Stevens and John Richmond speak, both new to me.
- Gave $25 to Kiva to help lift someone out of poverty, a factor in those at risk for slavery.
- Saw Lincoln in the theater
- Release of the movie, The Butler
- Release of the movie, 12 Years a Slave
- I read a lot of great books on the movement.
Overall, it was a good year to be an abolitionist. I feel really confirmed in playing a role to end slavery.
Looking forward to see what 2014 has in store.