[Emancipation Centennial Address by Mordecai Johnson]

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Mordecai Johnson gives an emancipation proclamation centennial address at the Interdenominational Theological Center. In the address he discusses the importance of African Americans not merely thinking of themselves as slaves, and how the emancipation was a great act of God. He encourages those in attendance to look at the emancipation proclamation in the most broad, comprehensive, and meaningful way as they can.

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00:00:10 Mordecai Johnson talks about President Richardson inviting him down.

00:02:16 Talks about being affectionately attached to every swath of land the area and everything there is dear to him.

00:03:01 Talks about those who had the good fortune to go to school in this place had the privilege of meeting the finest courageous Christians in the world. Also talks about his trip to London.

00:05:41 Talks about if those in attendance were able to meet Lincoln on the street. Talks about how Lincoln had never had a political thought that did not arrive from the sentiments put forth in the constitution.

00:12:07 Talks about those who have to look back 100 years ago to the emancipation proclamation can no longer think of themselves as merely as slaves. It was a great act of God.

00:13:47 Talks about looking at the emancipation proclamation in its application to Black persons but also looking at it in the most broad, comprehensive, and meaningful way as they can.

00:19:52 Audio ends.


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