Friday 25th March marks the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
This day is honoured every year by the United Nations to remember those who suffered and died as victims of this tragic and brutal slavery system, which lasted for over 400 years, and to raise awareness of the dangers of racism and prejudice in today’s world.
This year the theme is, “Remember Slavery: Recognising the Legacy and Contributions of People of African Descent.” It focuses on specific consequences of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, namely the ways in which enslaved Africans and their descendants influenced and continue to shape societies around the world, including in the areas of technology and culture. It also highlights the persistent spirit and innovation of the people in communities affected by the Transatlantic Slave Trade (United Nations).
For more information on the history of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the International Day of Remembrance for its victims, please visit the United Nations’ Remember Slavery website, where you can access lectures, exhibits, films, and other valuable resources.