History of Watch Night Services

The Watch Night Services in Black communities that we celebrate today can be traced back to gatherings on December 31, 1862, also known as “Freedom’s Eve.”
On that night, Blacks came together in churches and private homes all across the nation, anxiously awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation actually had become law. Then, at the stroke of midnight, it was January 1, 1863, and all slaves in the Confederate States were declared legally free .

When the news was received, there were prayers, shouts and songs of joy as people fell to their knees and thanked God. Black folks have gathered in churches annually on New Year’s Eve ever since, praising God for bringing us safely through another year.

Selma – Review B+

I have finally been able to see Selma. I know I’m really late but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that I saw it. I think that Selma was a really great film. Well written and directed. The pace of the film seemed right on pace. I’ve heard people say that it was too slow and some to say it seemed rushed but I feel like it was just right. I think that there were a few historical inaccuracies but this is a drama that is ‘based on a true story’ and not a documentary. Some liberties are to be expected.

Overall this was a great historical film and a must see. I give it a B+.