I think it's awesome that in DC we get Emancipation Day (and not just because it means I get a day off work). The following is C & P'd, so I don't know any more details than the ones you're reading:
RECOGNITION CEREMONY AND FILM DOCUMENTARY: Mrs. Loretta Carter Hanes, Reviver of D. C. Emancipation Day : Monday, April 12, 2010 starting 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Charles Sumner Museum, 1201 Seventeenth Street, N.W., Great Hall, refreshments will be served. Sponsored by African American Holiday Association - 202-667-2577. Free and open to the public!
D.C. EMANCIPATION DAY RALLY & MARCH to HONOR THE ANCESTORS AND STRIVE TOWARDS REAL DEMOCRACY
Friday, April 16th, 2010 starting at 11AM
RALLY: 11:00 am at Franklin Square (13th & I Streets, NW), speakers include: Rev. E. Gail Anderson-Holiness, Rev. Graylan Hagler, Council members Michael A. Brown, Yvette Alexander and Vincent Gray, Senators Michael Brown and Paul Strauss, Singer - Luci Murphy and Friends, and the Washington Youth Choir, Singer Ayesha Dancy and an Emancipation Re-enactment and YOU!
MARCH: 12:30 pm to D.C. Historical Society (9th & K Streets, NW) with Emancipation Film, discussion. Free and open to the public!
* Did you know that after rebellions, riots and struggle the more than 3,100 enslaved people living in the nation's capital were freed on April 16, 1862, 9 months before Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863. This historic day was considered the formerly enslaved's 4th of July!
For more information call: 202-361-9739.