Teen Vogue: These Teens Are Working to End Modern Slavery
On the first day of the year 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation, stating: “I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free.” Lincoln’s words, written in part in his cottage some 3.5 miles northeast of the White House, no doubt changed the course of history. But that was only the beginning. The future of abolition would extend well beyond the delivery of his Proclamation. It was in appreciation of this sentiment that — 150 years after Lincoln signed the document — the first Students Opposing Slavery International Summit was held at President Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington D.C.