International Day Remembering Slavery

August 21, 2010 by  

Dungeon passage where slaves were led to be imprisoned at Rose Hall JamaicaInternational Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is 23rd August. This day which commemorates the slave uprisings in Santa Domingo (modern day Haiti and Dominican Republic). UNESCO in 1998, officially designated this day as Slavery Remembrance Day, a reminder that enslaved Africans were the main agents of their own liberation.

Across the world people will be attending events, festivals and celebrations on this day. If you’re in the UK and want to find out more about events in your area, you should contact your local authority to see if they are staging any events to commemorate the day.

In Liverpool, the International Slavery Museum has organised a festival.

We found this talk by Kevin Bales who is the co-founder of Free the Slaves, whose mission is to end all forms of human slavery within the next 25 years. He’s the author of “Ending Slavery: How We Free Today’s Slaves.” This talk is a reminder that slavery is still with us today and that we all have a part to play in eradicating it for good


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