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Sunday, 27 March 2016

International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade 2016, March 25.

奴隸制和跨大西洋奴隸貿易受害者的紀念國際和平日, 3月25日.
 International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, 25 March.
Día Internacional de Recuerdo de las Víctimas de la Esclavitud , 25 de Marzo.
.اليوم العالمي لإحياء ذكرى ضحايا الرق وتجارة الرقيق عبر الأطلسي، 25 مارس
 Journée internationale de commémoration des victimes de l’esclavage, 25 Mars.
Международный день памяти жертв рабства и трансатлантической работорговли, 25 марта .





 
 
 
Each year on this day, the United Nations honours the memory of millions of Africans forcibly removed from their families and homelands over hundreds of years.
The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade also shines a spotlight on prevailing racism and prejudice today.
It is imperative that we work together for equal opportunity, justice and sustainable development for people of African descent.  That is why the United Nations Remember Slavery Programme is reaching out to young and old alike to create awareness, promote understanding and change attitudes.
 
The theme of this year’s observance is “Remember Slavery: Celebrating the Heritage and Culture of the African Diaspora and its Roots”. 
The dynamic culture and traditions of Africa continue to enrich life in the countries that were once involved in the Transatlantic slave trade.
Africa’s influence and legacy are plain to see in the vibrant music, bold art, rich foods and inspiring literature that infuse modern culture.  Less recognized, perhaps, are the contributions that the people of the African diaspora have made to medicine, science, government and general leadership in society.
Tested to the limits of their spirit and endurance, slaves from Africa left their descendants a wide range of invaluable assets, including fortitude, courage, strength, tolerance, patience and compassion.  On this Day, let us renew our resolve to fight racism and celebrate the heritage of Africa that enhances societies around the world today.

Ban Ki-moon

 
 
 
 
 

The “Ark of Return” the permanent memorial to honour the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade, located at the Visitors’ Plaza of UN headquarters in New York
 
 
" Remember Slavery: Celebrating the Heritage and Culture of the African Diaspora and its Roots"
 
This theme draws attention to the rich African culture and traditions that have impacted life in countries that were involved in the slave trade and where the African Diaspora continues to make major contribution in all aspects of life. It also highlights the cultural linkages that exist among people of African descent throughout the world.

For more information
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Contact: Remember Slavery Programme, Education Outreach Section,
Outreach Division, Department of Public Information





Special event on the occasion of the International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade (25 March) (A/RES/62/122) on the theme “Remember Slavery: Celebrating the Heritage and Culture of the African Diaspora and its Roots”
Panel discussion on “The Transatlantic Slave Trade: Constructing New Amistad, Bunce Island, Gullah, Maroon and Nova Scotia Bridges” (organized by the Permanent Mission of Sierra Leone, in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Jamaica, the Sierra Leone Monuments and Relics Commission and the United Nations Remember Slavery Programme, and with the Department of Public Information (DPI))
 




2016 Commemorative Programme of Activities dedicated to the International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
 
Tuesday, 16 February
 Private Screening of RACE, AMC Loews 34th Street, New York
Directed by Stephen Hopkins, RACE is a film about courage, determination, tolerance, and friendship. It is an inspiring drama about Jesse Owen's fight to become a legend at the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party’s vision of white supremacy. A Q & A follows film.

Wednesday, 17 February
 6:00 p.m. Exhibit Opening - Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers, Visitors Lobby, United Nations, New York
The exhibition, which is on display at United Nations Headquarters in New York through 30 March 2016, was created by The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of The New York Public Library. The curators are Dr. Sylviane A. Diouf, Director of the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at The Schomburg Center, and Dr. Kenneth X. Robbins, collector and expert in Indian art.
The exhibit tells the fascinating history of enslaved East Africans in India, known as Sidis and Habshis, who rose to positions of military and political authority.  Through colourful photographs and texts, the exhibit conveys that their success was also a testimony of the open-mindedness of Indian society in which they were a small religious and ethnic minority, originally of low status.  It also sheds light on the slave trade in the Indian Ocean and the history of Africa and its Diaspora in India.
The Remember Slavery Programme is producing  a  travelling version of the exhibition in Arabic, English, French, Portuguese and Spanish and displayed by the United Nations Information Centres around the world in observance of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Thursday 24 March
 1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - Panel Discussion and Performance: “The Transatlantic Slave Trade: Constructing New Amistad, Bunce Island, Gullah, Maroon and Nova Scotia Bridges” ECOSOC Chamber, United Nations, New York
Download the invitation and RSVP

Tuesday, 29 March
International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade (Observed)
3:00 p.m. General Assembly Commemorative Meeting, GA Hall, United Nations, New York
6:30 p.m. Culinary & Cultural Experience, Visitors Lobby, United Nations, New York
Download the invitation and RSVP

Thursday, 31 March
25th Anniversary of African Burial Ground
9:30 a.m. Student Event (4th grade): Film Screening /Art /Tour
6:15 p.m. Screening of documentary and panel discussion – “Then I'll Be Free to Travel Home: The Legacy of the New York African Burial Ground” featuring Lena Horne, African Burial Ground, 290 Broadway, New York

Thursday, 14 April
11:00 a.m. - NGO Briefing: The Musical Journey of the African Diaspora – Conference Room 11, United Nations, New York
Download the Programme of Events PDF document


International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
 "Surprising" lack of awareness as world remembers slavery victims (March 25, 2016)  - United Nations Radio

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