Marc H. Morial is hosting an Emancipation Proclamation Watch Night Commemoration at Beacon Light on New Year’s Eve

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Marc Morial announced he is hosting an Emancipation Proclamation watch night on New Year’s Eve.

From Marc Morial:

Season’s Greetings!

I hope this holiday season is bringing you much joy. I want to cordially invite you to attend “Freedom is Not Free…The Fight Continues” Watch Night Service Commemorating the 160th Year Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

This event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 31, at 9:30 p.m. Bishop Darryl S. Brister and the Beacon Light International Baptist Cathedral family are co-hosting at their beautiful edifice located at 1937 Mirabeau Ave., New Orleans, LA 70122 will serve as the backdrop of this auspicious occasion.

President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, as the nation approached its third year of the Civil War. The proclamation declared “that all persons held as slaves within the rebellious states are, and henceforward shall be free.” While slavery has been outlawed for 159 years, black Americans are still encountering racism and inequalities that keep them bound.

This is an invitation for you to bring in the new year by honoring the resilience of African Americans. I look forward to sharing with you and
celebrating a pivotal moment in our nation’s history.

For more information, please contact Kimani K. Hamilton by phone at 504-881-4960 or email

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