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2017 Theme: "Remember Slavery: Recognising the Legacy and Contributions of People of African Descent"

The 2017 theme 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.

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30 March 2017

Civil society gathering discusses socio-economic contributions of people of African descent

The United Nations Department of Public Information hosted a briefing for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on 30 March 2017 titled "The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Socio-Economic Contributions of People of African Descent". Organized by the Remember Slavery Programme in partnership with the NGO Relations, Advocacy & Special Events Section, the event was held in the Economic and Social Council Chamber at United Nations Headquarters in New York and was moderated by Professor Abena P. A. Busia of Rutgers University. Additional panellists included: Joseph  E. Inikori, Professor, University of Rochester; Cy Richardson, Senior Vice President for Economics and Housing Programs, National Urban League; Verene A. Shepherd, Professor, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus; and Ben Vinson III, Dean of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, George Washington University. Watch the archived webcast.

24 March 2017

UN commemorates International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and Transatlantic Slave Trade in New York

The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade was observed at United Nations Headquarters in New York with a number of events. They included a commemorative meeting of the General Assembly, which featured remarks by the Secretary-General, the President of the General Assembly, Member States and keynote speaker Dr. Lonnie G. Bunch III, Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. There was also a ceremony to launch new elements of The Ark of Return, the Permanent Memorial to Honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade at the United Nations, as well as a cultural and culinary event featuring live music. Watch the archived webcast.

23 March 2017

Video on Cuban music and other new initiatives highlight tragedy of slavery and triumph of Black achievement

In honour of the Remember Slavery Programme’s 10-year anniversary, the Department of Public Information has rolled out a new logo and entered into new partnerships to better meet its goals. For its part, the video series "UNStories" has produced a 90-second video, titled The African Roots of Cuba's Music, on the transatlantic slave trade’s impact on the culture and music of Cuba.

7 March 2017

New exhibit called "A Legacy of Black Achievement" opens at UN Headquarters

A new exhibit, entitled “A Legacy of Black Achievement,” was displayed in the Visitors’ Lobby at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 8 to 29 March 2017. Produced by the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, the exhibit featured 21 notable personalities of various backgrounds, eras, regions and disciplines, who paved the way for civil rights, human rights, recognition and justice for people of African descent in Africa, Europe, the Americas and across the globe. It was presented in partnership with the United Nations Department of Public Information’s Remember Slavery Programme. More information available here.

18 February 2017

UN Remember Slavery Programme partners with African Burial Ground to screen documentary on Maya Angelou

On 18 February 2017, the United Nations Department of Public Information’s Remember Slavery Programme partnered with the African Burial Ground National Monument to host two screenings of the film “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise” in New York This first documentary about Dr. Angelou is a celebration of her life as a renowned writer, artist and activist. The screenings included a discussion with the film’s co-director and producer, Rita Coburn Whack. Full story available here


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