Karsonya (Kaye) Wise Whitehead #blackmommyactivist

     I must admit, that in so many ways, I still do not get the Emancipation Proclamation. I have studied it for years, written about it extensively in my forthcoming book, taught it in my class, and explained it to my sons but inside I still do not get it. It is hard for me, with my 21st century lens, to look back at this pivotal moment and really understand what it meant for enslaved men, women, and children to realize that freedom had finally come. I think that it is hard for me to understand freedom because I do not really understand what it means to be enslaved. I understand it intellectually but beyond that, no matter how much I try, I cannot fully comprehend what it means to be “owned” by someone. Slavery was an albatross, a weight around the neck that kept a person bound…

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