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METROPOLITAN AME PRESENTS DEC. 31 DRAMATIZATION
OF FIRST “FREEDOM’S EVE”

Posted on: December 26th, 2012 by admin


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December 19, 2012

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METROPOLITAN AME PRESENTS DEC. 31 DRAMATIZATION OF FIRST “FREEDOM’S EVE
CELEBRATES 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF SIGNING OF EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION

WASHINGTON–  The date was Dec. 31, l862.  The enslaved African Americans had been promised freedom after hundreds of years of painful bondage and a civil war.  Enslaved and free persons alike gathered to await the news that the Emancipation Proclamation would become law at midnight and their long-awaited freedom would finally be realized.   It was a night never to be forgotten.

On Monday, Dec. 31. the 150th anniversary of  the celebration of  “Freedom’s Eve” and the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation the following day, Rufus Tiefing Stevenson, noted Africanist and griot,  and other  members of Metropolitan AME Church will dramatize that memorable occasion at a Watch Meeting Night Service.  The Rev. Ronald E.  Braxton will deliver the sermon that will accompany the dramatization.  The program begins at 10:30 p.m. Metropolitan is located at 1518 M St. NW. and the community is invited.

Freedom’s Eve was inspired by the Watch Night Service tradition.  Although Watch Night services can be traced back to 18th Century Europe and are now observed in churches of all denominations around the world,  Dr. Calvin H. Sydnor II, editor of The Christian Recorder, stated,  “in the black community, the Watch Meeting Night worship began with …the AME church and with the founder, Rt. Rev. Richard Allen.”

Pastor Braxtron added that,  “Metropolitan had already been in existence for 25 years and the AME Denomination had been founded 47 years before the Emancipation Proclamation was signed,” pointing out that the historic Metropolitan would begin a year-long celebration of its 175th  anniversary in 2013.


150th Anniversary of Freedom’s Eve


Watch Meeting Night Services in Black America

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Health Literature Available to Members

Posted on: December 24th, 2012 by admin

Note to membership: The Health Ministry has filled the kiosk on the 15th Street side of the narthex with current literature on many common health concerns: arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, breast cancer, organ donation, exercise, weight control, food and nutrition. It is our intention to maintain the kiosk throughout the year with information relevant to… Read more

Sermon Notes: Until Holy Light Breaks In

Posted on: December 13th, 2012 by admin

Rev. Dr. Ronald Eugene Braxton, Senior Pastor
Metropolitan AME Church
www.metropolitanamec.org
Scripture: Luke 1:69-79

At times, the world scene appears to be somewhat calm, peaceful and settled. At other times, like now, it has the appearance of a powder keg about to explode at any moment. With the unrest and dangerous activities in Syria, what looks to be a pending war between Pakistan and Israel, as well as the Egyptian struggle, and the violence we see across the globe, there is a tremendous strain and stress on the people of the world. And those of us here in the land of the free and the home of the brave have our own brewing and budding share of unrest, struggles, and fighting. The other day, a preacher said to me that he thought that things would get better once the President was re-elected but that it seemed to him that, at this moment, things have become worse in this country, and on the world scene.