United Nations, Medgar Evers College to Open ‘A Legacy of Black Achievement’ Exhibition in Brooklyn, 4 October

Note No. 6506
2 October 2017

United Nations, Medgar Evers College to Open ‘A Legacy of Black Achievement’ Exhibition in Brooklyn, 4 October

The United Nations Department of Public Information will partner with Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York, to present the exhibition A Legacy of Black Achievement.

The exhibition will officially open at Medgar Evers College Library at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 4 October.  Among those offering remarks at the opening will be Augustine Okereke, Provost and Senior Vice-President of Medgar Evers College; A. Missouri Sherman-Peter, Permanent Observer for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to the United Nations; and Omyma David, Focal Point of the Department of Public Information’s Remember Slavery Programme.

Produced by the Remember Slavery Programme and the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, United Kingdom, the exhibition was based on the Museum’s “Black Achievers Wall” gallery.  It features 21 notable personalities from various backgrounds, eras, regions and disciplines who paved the way for civil and human rights, as well as recognition and justice for people of African descent across the globe.

This exhibition will be displayed at the Medgar Evers Library until the end of the 2017 fall semester in celebration of Black achievers past and present.  It was previously displayed in the Visitors’ Lobby at United Nations Headquarters in New York during the commemorative events associated with the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.  The 2017 theme for the Remember Slavery Programme is “Remember Slavery:  Recognizing the Legacy and Contributions of People of African Descent”.

The Remember Slavery Programme, managed by the Education Outreach Section of the Department of Public Information, was established by the General Assembly in 2007 to further remembrance of and learning about the causes, consequences, lessons and legacy of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade.  It also aims to raise awareness of the dangers of racism and prejudice today, with activities held around the world by the global network of United Nations information centres and educational materials produced throughout the year.  To learn more about the United Nations Remember Slavery programme, please visit www.rememberslavery.un.org.

The International Slavery Museum is a national museum which covers transatlantic slavery and its legacies, as well as modern forms of slavery and enslavement.  That coverage entails highlighting positive Black role models from history and popular culture.  For more information on the museum, please visit www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ism.

Medgar Evers College is located at 1650 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.  It is a senior college, established in 1970 as part of the City University of New York.  For more information on Medgar Evers College, please visit www.mec.cuny.edu.

For more information on the exhibit opening, please contact Omyma David, Public Information Officer, United Nations, at tel.:  +1 917 376 6320, or email:  david17@un.org.

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