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 .
- Historian and writer Sylviane Diouf, Curator of Digital Collections at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture;
- Sasha Turner, Assistant Professor of History, Quinnipiac University;
- Dr. Rita Pemberton, Trinidad and Tobago, History Professor at the University of the West Indies, author of several books on the topic of slavery;
- Herb Boyd, author, journalist and activist.
- USG Akasaka, Department of Public Information
During the weekend of 24 - 25 March 2012, several radio features on the slave trade from the African Diaspora will be broadcast.
- The origins of the Slave Trade (English)
- The Accompong Maroons of Jamaica (English)
- Former US slaves recall their days of slavery (English)
- Ghanaian educator talks about Ghanaians before slavery (English)
- Ghanaian University of Cape Coast Vice Chancellor talks about the transatlantic slave trade (English)
- Before Independence, Systemized Slavery in Haiti (French)
- Telling the truth about African slaves in Cuba (Spanish)
- Traditional Colombian music (Spanish)
- Quilombo Communities in Brazil (Portuguese)
- African roots of Brazil (Portuguese)
- Archaeology Professor and member of UNESCO Science Committee on the Transatlantic Slave Trade (Kiswahili)
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 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 address 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 exchange 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.
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.
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 which:
- Linked the history of the transatlantic slave trade to the places where people live;
- Shared local stories about heroes, resisters and survivors to raise global awareness of the wide spread resistance to slavery;
- Considered the legacy of slavery and its link to racism and prejudice; and
- Discussed concrete actions that can be taken to address this problem.
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 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.
- UN Information Centres
- Accra: Student field trip to Cape Coast Castle (UNESCO World Heritage site), followed by student activities including stories and poems
- Ankara: Display of the travelling exhibition at Ankara’s main metro station in downtown Kizilay
- Antananarivo: Exhibition contest, Film screening, Student Conference at the University with expert panel on human rights
- Brazzaville: Screening of "Slave Routes: A Global Vision" for students and NGOs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, followed by panel discussion
- Dar Es Salaam: Organized with the Youth of the UN Association — Visit to a former major slave trading post, Bagamayo, for a group of primary and high school students with briefing on impact of slave trade
- Dhaka: Exhibit, seminar, poetry recitation, short drama
- Geneva: Film screening
- Mexico City: Screening of "Slave Routes: A Global Vision" and "Women Voices from la Costa Chica de Guerrero y Oaxaca", along with mini-website, and artistic workshops with the Memoria and Tolerancia Museum about the slave trade
- Ouagadougou: Itinerant exhibition of photos, posters, books, films, maps, in ten high schools in Burkina Faso, at the Parliament, and on UNIC premises
- Pretoria: Lecture in Cape Town by UNIC Director followed by a discussion
- Travelling exhibition "The Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade" will be exhibited at various locations worldwide, including UNICs, and at universities.