what we do
Honouring the victims of the Transatlantic Human Trafficking and Enslavement Trade.
Over 20 years ago UNESCO designated the 23 August as the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. This day has seen little recognition in the U.K. with many not even aware that the day exists. In 2016 Slavery Remembrance was established to change this by holding an annual national memorial in London’s Trafalgar Square to help promote this day, celebrate the great Ayitian (Haitian) Revolution and remember and honour the victims of the Transatlantic Human Trafficking and Enslavement Trade. The memorial is held on the Saturday before August 23.
Our work to raise awareness of the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is already paying off. We have inspired others into action in marking this day too, and in 2018, the London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, and his team held the first event in City Hall to mark this day, with every attendee being gifted a Remembrance Sankofa by the Mayor. In 2020 we co-hosted an online hybrid event between the Mayor’s event and Sankofa Day and in 2021 we were due to do the same, but unfortunately had to pull out due to some unresolved issues, instead hosting the memorial back in its home, Trafalgar Square, with only 5 days to organise.
Educate - Celebrate - Inspire
Our ethos is to educate, celebrate and inspire people on the rich history, culture and achievements of Africa and her diaspora before, during and after the Transatlantic Slave Trade, whilst at the same time challenging views on Africa and her diaspora as a result of the slave trade.
We also aim to raise awareness of the story of resistance of the men and women who fought for their freedom throughout the 400 years.
Our work aims to match the belief of our founder, Shezal Laing, which is: