The commemoration event on Sunday 23 August will mark the 22nd year of UNESCO’s International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. It has been co-curated with Slavery Remembrance, Black Cultural Archives, The Equiano Society, Ligali and Wanda Nation.Co-curated with Slavery Remembrance, Black Cultural Archives, The Equiano Society, Ligali and Wanda Nation.
Organisers say the online event will encourage reflection on how the Transatlantic Slave Trade continues to have a profound impact on the lived realities of so many.
It will consider how Britain’s role in the slave trade has been depicted over the years, who have been the story tellers and what stories are yet to be told.
Commemoration Ceremony: 4pm – 4.45pm, Sunday 23 August
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, alongside a range of academics and artists of African and Caribbean heritage, will reflect on the event’s theme “Reclaiming the past”. S.I.Martin, author and historian, Professor Olivette Otele, Professor of History of Slavery, Bristol University, and musical performances by saxophonist Xhosa Cole and Chineke! will feature throughout the ceremony.
Looking to the Future: 7pm – 8.30pm, Sunday 23 August
Shezal Laing from Slavery Remembrance, with host SisDr Sandra Richards and invited speakers will lead panel discussions. These will focus on the social, physical and economic impact of the transatlantic slave trade on London, and how this period of history is currently taught. There will also be performances from pianist and violinist Sam West and singer-songwriter Ayanna Witter-Johnson.
There will be a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter present at the event.
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