International day of Remembrance of the victims of Transatlantic Slave Trade observed globally

Mar 25, 2017 08:05 IST

25 March: The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade was observed globally on 25 March 2017 with the theme "Remember Slavery: Recognising the Legacy and Contributions of People of African Descent".

The theme aims to draw attention to the consequences of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, especially the ways in which the enslaved Africans and their descendants influenced and continue to shape societies across the world, including in the areas of technology and culture.

The theme also highlights the persistent spirit and innovation of the enslaved people.

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Key Highlights

• The International Day aims to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice in today’s world.

• To honour of the Remember Slavery Programme’s 10-year anniversary, the Department of Public Information released a new logo and entered into new partnerships to help it meet its goals easily.

• In another token of remembrance, the video series ‘UN stories’ has produced a 90-second video, which is titled ‘the African Roots of Cuba's Music, on the transatlantic slave trade’s impact on the culture and music of Cuba.

• An exhibition titled ‘A Legacy of Black Achievement’ will also be opened for all in the visitor’s lobby at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York on 29 March 2017.

• The exhibition, produced by the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, will feature 21 notable personalities, belonging to different backgrounds who have paved the way for civil rights and the recognition and justice for Africans living in Africa, Europe, America and across the globe.

• It will be presented in partnership with the United Nations Department of Public Information’s Remember Slavery Programme.

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Background

• The transatlantic slave trade was the largest forced migration in history.

• The greatest movement of the African captives was to America.

• Almost 96 per cent of the enslaved Africans arrived in cramped ships at ports in South America and the Caribbean Islands.

• From 1501 to 1830, almost four African crossed the Atlantic for every one European.

• The result of this migration is visible even today with a large population of Africans still living in America.

• The transatlantic slave trade was one of the darkest chapters in history and more than 15 million men, women and children became victim to it.

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