Holiday Promotes National Unity & Equality
This annual observance draws attention to one of the most pressing issues facing Liberians throughout their history: the animosity between the Americo-Liberian elite and the indigenous majority. Under the leadership of President William V. S. Tubman, who led from 1944 to 1971, the divide between these two groups was diminished.
In his inaugural address, Tubman introduced his National Unification Policy, which featured among other things an extension of the vote to women and to the country’s indigenous people. The official anniversary, sometimes referred to as Unification and Integration Day, emerged as a means to draw support for the policy.[Source Answers.com]