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Honouring the heroes of the resistance to slavery and the transatlantic slave trade, 25 March

Honouring the heroes of the resistance to slavery and the transatlantic slave trade, 25 March

Posted: Friday, 23 March 2012, New York | Author: DPI

The Transatlantic Slave Trade (Photo Credit: DPI)The fifth International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade  will honour the heroes, resisters and survivors of the transatlantic slave trade. A week of events will mark the Day from 23 to 30 March.

Full calendar of events  

A week of events in New York...

NGO Relations - The NGO Briefing will start the program on Friday, 23 March from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, with speakers from Africa, North America and the Caribbean. 

General Assembly - A commemorative meeting of the GA will take place on Monday, 26 March. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Rick Kittles, Scientific Director of African Ancestry Inc., a genetic testing service which helps determine an individual’s African ancestry -  Monday, 26 March at 2 pm.

UNHQ Exhibit - The exhibit will display archival newspapers and artifacts from a private 19th century collection, as well as an installation :  “For Whom the Bell Tolls”.  The exhibit will run until the end of May 2012. Tuesday, 27 March, 6 p.m. in the GA Lobby.

Culinary Event - Chef Scott Barton, an instructor at the Institute for Culinary Education, will show the historical similarities between the foods and culinary practices of African countries and of the countries to which enslaved Africans were brought - Tuesday, 27 March, 6:30 p.m. in the GA Lobby.

Film Screening – The documentary “Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black People in America from the Civil War to World War II” will be screened in Conference Room 2 of the North Lawn Building from 6:30 to 9 p.m on Tuesday 27 March. Film producer Sam Pollard, a frequent collaborator of Spike Lee, will be on hand to answer questions on the movie which recounts how following the Civil War, insidious new forms of forced labor emerged in the South of the US.

Student videoconference - High school students from Bermuda, the Dominican Republic, the Gambia, Ghana, and the United States will participate in a virtual conference about those who challenged slavery and contributed to the building of the New World in which we live.  Study guides for students and teachers have been prepared.  Facebook pages have been created as well to allow questions from students and teachers.

...and around the world

UNICs – A traveling exhibit has been prepared this year to help UNICs raise awareness around the world and funds were made available. UNIC Dar Es Salaam will organize a visit to Bagamayo, a major slave trading point, for primary and high school students.

UN Radio – Interviews conducted will be broadcast in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Kiswahili and Fante (a Ghanaian language).  UN Radio’s Donn Bobb himself travelled to Jamaica to get firsthand accounts of the history of the Accompong Maroons. Accessible starting 24 March by visiting

Poster - The poster designed for 2012 recognizes two heroes: Zumbi dos Palmares, a leader of the slave resistance in Brazil and Harriet Tubman, who rescued scores of slaves in the US through the Underground Railroad. A third unnamed individual represents “every man,” or the unknown victims whose lives were forever altered by the slave trade.  The poster was designed by Martin Samaan (Graphic Design Unit).

Concert - The traditional concert of the transatlantic slave trade commemoration will take place in May.