When: Mon., Dec. 31 and Tue., Jan. 1, 11 a.m. 2013
Join in for the official kick-off of the Jubilee Project, a cultural project that celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, as well as the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of public schools. The Jubilee Project begins with Watch Night services, which will be held at African American churches around town. During Watch Night, a leader will count the final minutes of the year, the church will go dark and the people will go down on their knees. When the New Year begins, they will rise jubilantly. On New Year’s Day, the celebration continues with a parade, a tradition that’s been around since the end of the Civil War. The parade will begin at at Burke High School and will end at Emanuel AME Church at 110 Calhoun Street.