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Events in 2012

NGO Briefing: "Transatlantic Slave Trade: Honouring the Heroes, Resisters and Survivors"

Friday, 23 March 2012, 10:00 am – 12.30 pm, in the ECOSOC Chamber, North Lawn Building, United Nations, New York

You can watch the video of the NGO briefing Video on demand.



Radio Features

During the weekend of 24 - 25 March 2012, several radio features on the slave trade from the African Diaspora will be broadcast.

Solemn Commemorative Meeting

Monday, 26 March 2012, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, General Assembly Hall, United Nations, New York

The President of the General Assembly convened a special commemorative meeting Video on demand of the General Assembly on the occasion of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, on Monday, 26 March 2012, at 3 pm. Statements were delivered by, the President of the General Assembly, the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, representatives of regional groups and of the Host Country.

The keynote addressPDF document was delivered by Dr. Rick Kittles, Scientific Director of the Washington, D.C.-based African Ancestry Inc., an ancestry tracing company that "helps the descendents of enslaved Africans find their roots" via DNA testing, Associate professor in the Department of Medicine and the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

The commemorative meeting also featured the National Ballet of Cameroon.

"Honouring the Heroes, Resisters and Survivors":
Exhibit Opening and Cultural Culinary Evening

Tuesday, 27 March 2012, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Main Gallery, Visitors’ Lobby, United Nations, New York. The Master of Ceremony was Ms. Deborah Seward, Director, Strategic Communications Division, Department of Public Information.

The exhibition comprises displays from the following exhibitors: Alex Locadia, Earl Pinto Collection, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, UNESCO, Yale University Press, UN Radio. The exhibit includes images of heroes and activists, original documents, historical illustrated newspapers and artifacts from a private 19th century collection, the installation "For Whom the Bell Tolls", maps and radio interviews.

An evening of African and Caribbean cuisine and culture followed. Chef and Culinary consultant Scott Barton, Instructor, Institute for Culinary Education, and Doctoral student in Food Studies at NYU discussed the Columbian exchangePDF document and explained the historical similarities between the foods and culinary practices of African countries from which enslaved Africans came and the countries to which they were brought.

The cultural evening also featured performances by the National Ballet of Cameroon.

UN Radio Feature: Slavery exhibit opens at UN headquarters

Film Screening: "Slavery By Another Name" (Sam Pollard, 2012) (1 hr 30 mins)

Wednesday, 28 March 2012, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm, including a questions & answers session, Conference Room 2, North Lawn Building, United Nations, New York. Presenter: Sam Pollard, Producer

Based on Douglas A. Blackmon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, the film illuminates how in the years following the Civil War, insidious new forms of forced labour emerged in the American South, persisting until the onset of World War II.

UN Radio feature: Slavery by Another Name documentary shown at UN

Global Student Videoconference:
"New Approaches to Teaching African History and the Transatlantic Slave Trade"

Friday, 30 March 2012, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, in Conference Room 2, North Lawn Building, United Nations, New York

The UN Department of Public Information, in collaboration with UNESCO ASPnet programme and an advisory group, organized a global video conference for students from primary and secondary educational institutions in five countries – Bermuda (African Diaspora Heritage Trail), the Dominican Republic (Amistad America), the Gambia, Ghana and the United States.

You can watch the global video conference Video on demand which:

Ms. Nathalie Leroy, Chief, Education Outreach Cluster, welcomed the participants and opened the videoconference.

The moderator was Mr. Christopher Moore, Curator and Special Projects Coordinator, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.


concert at the General Assembly Hall Concert Video on demand featuring Third World Band of Jamaica, Mbaye Dieye Faye and Sing Sing Rhythm of Senegal, Chen Lo and the Lo Frequency Band of the USA, Rachelle Jeanty of Haiti and Canada and April Sutton as Master of Ceremonies

Tuesday, 15 May 2012 in the UN General Assembly Hall from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Download the programmePDF document

UN Radio feature: Concert and exhibition on slave trade at UN

Other Activities

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