Emancipation Day Address
On Emancipation Day, the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) joins the country in reminiscing on our ancestral past and our freedom, whilst recognizing our bountiful future.
Arguably, Emancipation Day is one holiday on our calendar that receives the least celebration however, our ancestral influence emanates throughout our culture—early morning Junkanoo rush-outs and Goombay festivals, our dialect, folklore and our resilient spirit—forever linking us to the struggles of slavery and the triumphs, thereafter.
Weeks after celebrating our nation’s Independence, we honor the event that orchestrated our freedom and, in essence, began to shape who we are as Bahamians.
Although we share the thread of slavery with most of the world, it is the unmatched sustainability of our people, shameless appreciation of our beginnings and limitless love for our culture that has the rest of the world in awe of our blessings. And, rightfully so.
Therefore, it is imperative that we recognize our past, whilst commit to being a player in a better Bahamas. In doing so, the DNA encourages all to have a safe holiday weekend.
On behalf of the DNA party leader, Branville McCartney, the candidates, volunteers and supporters, we wish all a safe and joyous Emancipation Day.