International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its AbolitionBy TheStudentGuide
August 23 is the day designated by UNESCO as the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.
Peace agency UNESCO chose this significant date because during the night of August 22 – 23 1791, the uprising which set forth the movement for the abolition of the slave trade took place on the island of Saint Domingue (now Haiti).
Every year, young people and educators gather together in a programme of events to commemorate the plight of slaves throughout history and to contemplate its consequences.
Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, gave this message for Remembrance Day 2012:
Through their struggles, their desire for dignity and freedom, slaves contributed to the universality of human rights. We must teach the names of the heroes of this story, because they are the heroes of all mankind.”
The International Slavery Museum in Liverpool opened its doors on August 23 2007. This year’s FREE events include a special Walk of Remembrance, I Have a Dream art workshops, and building dedication led by Martin Luther King III, the eldest son of Civil Rights leader Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Click here to get involved in Liverpool!
Commemorative events take place worldwide on August 23. Visit the UNESCO website for events taking place in your area.