By Jamison Hooks staff writer
The Morgan County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) celebrated the first day of 2015 with Jubilee Day. On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. More than 150 years later, the Morgan County Branch of the NAACP gathered to celebrate and reflect on the nations advancement. Mistress of Ceremony, Minister Denise Freeman greeted the audience and explained what Jubilee Day means to her. “It’s Jubilee Day, and to me Jubilee means it’s a time to reflect and be happy. Lets smile and thank God that there is a national advancement for colored people called the NAACP,” said Minister Denise Freeman. The Morgan County Branch of the NAACP invited it’s members and the community to Jackson Grove Baptist Church for the celebration. The event featured a host of speakers including Morgan County NAACP Youth Council Vice President Tamera Lowe, who read President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation to the audience. “Jubilee Day is a time of Thanksgiving. What a way to start the New Year,” said Pastor Bobby Patman. The celebration also included the installation of officers, which was led by Madison City Council member Joe Diletto. The NAACP wishes everyone a prosperous New Year and encourages its members and potential members to get involved. “God is such an awesome God. And we thank him for allowing us to see such a great year 2015,” said Minister Freeman.