Today is National Freedom Day 2014. Have you heard of it? I haven’t either; I have one of those calendars that highlight every celebratory moment or monthly theme. Apparently it is not an official day, but one notably honor, nonetheless.
National Freedom Day is observed on the first day of February each year.
According to abouttravelingtheworld.com : The National Freedom Day is observed in the United States of America in remembrance of the signing of a resolution that proposed the 13th Amendment of the United States’ constitution on February 1, 1865. This amendment outlaws slavery and was signed by Abraham Lincoln and ratified on December 18, 1865.
Major Richard Robert Wright, a former slave, founded National Freedom Day Association. He was a community leader in Philadelphia and was active in education, politics, business and media. It was President Harry Truman who signed the bill proclaiming first official National Day of Freedom in the United States of America. It was first observed on February 1, 1942.
Traditionally, the National Day of Freedom is a day to reflect on the value of Freedom. It is a day which promotes goodwill, harmony and equal opportunities for all citizens of the country.
Ironically National Freedom Day falls on the first day of Black History Month. Black History began as Black History Week in 1926. It was celebrated the 2nd week of February to commensurate the birthdays of two Civil War legends, Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas. According to Wikipedia, in 1976 as part of the United States Bicentennial, the informal expansion of Negro History Week to Black History Month was officially recognized by the U.S. government. President Gerald Ford spoke in regards to this, urging Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history”
When it comes to finances, the word Freedom has a dual meaning. It can mean breaking free from some self imposed bondage, like debt free OR reaching a new plateau, as in Financial Freedom, where you get to live the life that you want to life. What does the value of Freedom mean to you? Are you breaking away from or running toward? What does freedom look like? Picture yourself in that place, believe it, embrace it. Whatever you are attempting to overcome, you can do it. As I read about National Freedom Day, what struck me most is that a man that was a former slave overcame his circumstances to become a respectable citizen in media, business, education and politic. If he can fight for recognition of freedom of an entire RACE, you can fight for YOUR freedom, whatever it is. Freedom from just enough, freedom for debt, freedom to being a wage slave, freedom to live the life of your dreams. You can do more. Think about it.
Leave your comment below on your reflections on the value of FREEDOM.
Samirian Hill is the President and Founder of BudgetWise Financial Solutions, LLC, where they teach people to manage money wisely through individual consultations, workshops, and seminars. Sign up for our newsletter and receive a Super Simple Budget Starter Kit to put you on the road to freedom! www.budgetwisefinancial.com