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Harlem Globetrotters pay tribute to victims of slavery at Ark of Return

Harlem Globetrotters standing in front of Ark of Return
Photo: DGC/Benjamin Rubin

21 November 2019 - The Harlem Globetrotters paid their first ever visit to the United Nations today. During their visit, Big Easy Lofton, Hammer Harrison, Torch George, Lucky Jiang and Dazzle Kidon paid tribute to the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade at the Ark of Return, the United Nations Permanent Memorial to Honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Established in 1926 in Chicago, the Harlem Globetrotters have inspired youth and adults across the globe with both their skill and leadership. Since their founding, they have played more than 25,000 exhibition games in 124 countries. Off the court, they are known as "ambassadors of goodwill" and internationally known for championing issues that impact children and families.

Designed by architect Rodney Leon, the United Nations Permanent Memorial to Honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade was unveiled on 25 March 2015, following an international design competition. The Remember Slavery Programme offers free briefings at the Ark of Return every Wednesday from March to November, except during September’s General Debate period. Group tours may be scheduled be contacting education-outreach@un.org

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