All that said, his idea to promote National Freedom Day seems like a good one. This day commemorates 1 February 1865, when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Joint Congressional Resolution that eventually became the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution.
Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime where of the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.This event was first celebrated in 1942 and on June 30, 1948, President Harry Truman signed a bill proclaiming February 1st as National Freedom Day. The proponent of this celebration was Major Richard Robert Wright, Sr, himself a former slave.
Section 2. Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
Every day is a good day to celebrate freedom. 1 February is an especially good day to celebrate freedom, given the blind spot that had existed in our Constitution for all those decades following its adoption in 1787.
Regards -- Cliff