On this date, in Galveston Texas, the last remaining slaves were officially declared free. Since that time, some progress has been made, but much more remains to be done. By celebrating this holiday, we acknowledge the fundamental rights of all Americans, so clearly spelled out in the US Constitution and Bill of Rights, to live as equal participants in the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness. Since that first Freedom Day far too many Americans have been denied those goals, and on this occasion we revive that inspiration and rededicate ourselves to foster the fundamental changes that will make living in peace, health, and prosperity a reality for every citizen.
— ICON Board of Directors