17 August 2021

Remembering the slave trade and its abolition

PCS supports the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition which is commemorated on Monday (23). 

We campaign against the legacy of slavery and colonialism and continue to fight against the rise of racism and action from the far-right, in our workplaces and in wider society.

It’s important to recognise that slavery hasn’t gone away and is inextricably linked to racism.  After the brutal murder in the US of George Floyd on 25 May 2020, came the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement protesting globally about racism and historic symbols of the slave trade.  This sparked anger in our communities and saw the toppling of well-known slave trader Edward Colston statue in Bristol. 

The International day for the remembrance of the slave trade and its abolition falls on 23 August each year. The day acknowledges the importance of the night from 22 to 23 August 1791 in Santo Domingo, known as Haiti and the Dominican Republic today, when a revolt began which was central to the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade.  

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recognised the day since 1998 and has spearheaded a project known as, The Slave Route which looks at ‘’historic causes, the methods and the consequences’’ of slavery.  Also, it highlights the need for ‘’analysis and dialogue of the interactions which gave rise to the transatlantic trade in human beings between AfricaEuropethe Americas and the Caribbean’’

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