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Founding of Howard University and the First Reconstruction Act will celebrate 150th Anniversary March 2, 2017
The First Reconstruction Act, also known as the Military Reconstruction Act, passed into law on March 2, 1867 over the veto of President Andrew Johnson. The act applied to all the ex-Confederate states in the South, except Tennessee who had already ratified the Fourteenth Amendment. It split the states into five military districts, each under the control of a Northern General whose responsibility it was to protect life and property. The First Reconstruction Act also demanded the need for new state delegates and constitutions, the ratification of the Fourteenth amendment, and the provisions of equal rights for each citizen. The most radical aspect of the Act was the enfranchisement of all citizens, except ex-Confederates, and so provided for the coming of black suffrage.
MusicUNTOLD presented a FREE classical music concert November 21, 2015, DAR Constitution Hall, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of 13th amendment with significant participation from Howard University faculty and students.