International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade 2021 is on Thursday, 25 March 2021.
The United Nations has declared 25 March as the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade that is observed every year throughout the world. The UN resolution A/RES/62/122 was adopted on December 17, 2007,
Fredrick Douglas once said that Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave and this century is fragmented with countless men and women of knowledge. This is the reason that the president of the 73rd UN General Assembly Session Mrs. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés addressed to the audience that slavery is not only alarming rather unacceptable in the 21st century. The UN celebrates International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade since 2008 and this is part of the collective struggle that modern global leadership has started against racism, gender disparity, and poverty throughout the planet.
Theme 2021 of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade is:
“Ending Slavery’s Legacy of Racism: A Global Imperative for Justice”
Scholars and historians find the roots of racism in slavery as, they believe, it started in America when the European colonizers brought African slaves to the Newfound. Resultantly, the differences between the two races kept increasing generation after generation and a status quo of superior-race and inferior-race emerged which led to racial rivalries. These rivalries existed in many parts of the world Europe, America and Africa being the focal points where atrocities caused by racism were more apparent. The modern leadership and community are committed to culminate in every kind of slavery so that racism would be abolished from the face of Earth.
While the theme of this day for the previous 2020 year was, “Confronting Slavery’s Legacy of Racism Together”
Background of International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery
Human Trafficking scares a man born in the 21st century, but Slave Trade was far more dreadful human practice that exploited millions of people on the face of Earth. The European colonizers smuggled more than 15 million people including men, women, and children from the African continent to America and Europe. The United Nations website reads that this transatlantic trade was one of the darkest chapters in human history. Many captives were taken to the New Found Land (America) and around 95% of the captives who were brought to America were Africans. The trade was at the peak during 1501 and 1830 as the Europeans who travelled to America during this period brought four times more Africans as slaves with them. The day of 25 March is celebrated to commemorate the victims of the transatlantic trade. The global leadership at the UN platform aspired to commemorate the victims of the terrible human exploitation and installed The Ark of Return as the Permanent Memorial to Honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, at the Visitors’ Plaza of UN Headquarters in New York.
(Built by Rodney Leon, Photo by Rick Bajornas)
International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery is celebrated by the United Nations Organization, International Organizations, NGOs and some countries, but it is not a public holiday anywhere in the world. Some public ceremonies are held by the national governments and intergovernmental organizations. Programs are arranged on TV against racism and anti-racism debates are also held. Column writers write articles against racism for news agencies and newspapers.
“This (slavery) is not only alarming; it is unacceptable in the 21st Century.”
(Mrs. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés)