“Thank you for doing that, I was there with my daughter and it was a blessing, she just said ‘mummy now I know where I come from’ that touched my heart, my daughter did not have identity[sic] that’s what I understand, she was struggling and I didn’t know”

ticharosario (2017)

“I was so impressed and inspired by the people who both organised and performed at this event, as well as the people who attended and threw themselves into the spirit. Some incredibly important issues were raised and it made me wonder how people could possibly deny the necessity of remembering slavery. I took photos of the memorial and wrote a piece about slavery remembrance, which you can read if you are interested by clicking the link below. Just want to thank everyone for investing their time and energy into such a worhy cause! I was especially touched by the woman fighting for better awareness of what black people can do to help victims of leukemia. Thank you!”

India-Mae Alby

“I want to send personal thanks to Shezal and all who organised and ran today's awe inspiring event. The work that must have had to go into it was not in vain though was it?! That was one of the most powerful experiences in my 50-odd years. As well as feeling the unity and love, I learned SO much today, so much food for thought for me alone to take away. I’m sure many people took something from today. I can’t wait to start following up some of the acts and all of what I heard. I feel we ALL have much to learn from one another. From the moment it kicked off with that remarkable young man’s [Kush] poetry to the scenes at the end where I saw strangers chatting, hugging and smiling together. Total respect Shezal. X”

Kevin Titterton

“Very special day. Well done for organising, looking forward to next year and a year of even greater progress.”

Jay 'Asma' Hall

“This woman’s [Simply Sayo] poetry was absolutely amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire event, looking forward to checking it out next year.”

Sondai Az

“What a pleasure attending the Slavery Remembrance Memorial Service yesterday! so nice to meet Akala.. Such a knowledgeable being!”

Kisha Bromfield

“It was a great day and I look forward to attending many more! Thank you for bringing this to people’s attention. Good luck going forward.”

Lucy Reddin

“Up Up Up”

Monique Marie Marie

“It wa a privelege and an honour to perform at such a momentous, important occasion. Well done for all your hard labours Shezal and your team. Keep up the great work.”

Pamela Sakyi

” I was at Trafalgar Square as well yesterday and took some videos. I was particularly impressed with the Lady originally from Jamaica who said she single handedly started the movement. As well as the young Lady poet, whose poem was entitled ” Do you love yourself Black Boy”

John Quaye Quao

“Well done to organisers, poignant but brilliant event I was glad to be there along with my daughters may we all go from strength to strength.”

Melvina Michel-de Sousa (2017)

“I was unavoidably late but so proud and happy I finally reached. Do we wait for same time next year for the next event or is there another coming up?”

Natalie Armstrong

“Brilliant event, uplifting, informative and entertaining. Fantastic speakers, dancers and poet. I was blessed to be there. Looking forward to next year’s event. Thanks to the organisers.”

Pamela Campbell

“A big thank you to all those who worked on and had a strong enough dream, to make yesterday possible. An inspiring day. Please can you put some excerpts from the day up, especially Afrikan Boy, he blew me away. Quote of the day from one of the poets – ‘My ancestors can’t reach me, because my parents failed to teach me’ Let’s not fail the future generation, remembering is important”

Eileen Ball

“Wonderful day and so befitting to our martyrs. Anything I can do to support this excellence I shall. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! OneBlessedLove”

Sankhara Messado

"Had a great time. Learned more about where I come from."

Caroline Charles

"Definitely want to go next year!"

Leanne Gayle

“Dr Lez was a fantastic host for yesterday’s Slavery Remembrance National Memorial 2017. Thank you to the organiser for putting on such an empowering and uplifting event. #OneLove #TimeToRemember #SlaveryRemembrance #MyTribe ✊✊”

Marlesha Jardine

“I travel down from Leicester for the day with my son. Well worth it! We both had an enlightening, uplifting day. Well done to the organisers and support. I’m thinking of bringing a group next year. #TimeToRemember”

Jeanette Wiltshire

“Excellent event. Well done for birthing this vision – we need it! Onwards and upwards…”

Shazza Nuge

“Great afternoon power to you & family. Thank you very much one love peace. Tricia”

Tricia Burke

“It was absolutely fantastic, first time for me definitely going next year.”

Michael Lisbie

“We had a beautiful day today. Thank you for such an important event.”

Sinai Fleary

“Awesome, thank you”

Tara Gholston

“Was a beautiful day just being part of history felt good n the sun came out, one love”

Jacqueline Jacobs

“My first time ever attending this event and i absolutely loved it”

Dinar Leo Dino

“The afternoon in Trafalgar Square, wonderful.”

Angela Nash

“What a fantastic event! Incredibly Powerful!”

Michelle Gee

"It was our first time in attendance. We learnt and we enjoyed. The children's workshop was brilliant and well run and the wall of Remembrance was moving. We will definitely be back for next year and I shall continue to follow the Sankofa Facebook page. Thank you for your hard work.

Julian Amari (2019)

"It was wonderful day me and children enjoy it"

Amal Omar (2019)

"I attended! A Great day. We need more"

Rubertine Carmen Allen (2019)

"Thank you to all that organised the day, not even the rude Vegan Protestors could Spoil Our Day..!! 🙏🏽 Thank You. Bigger and Stronger next Year 🙌🏽👊🏽"

Paula Adoley Mingle Manley (2019)

"Well done to the Organisers for such an event. Do try to advertise more going forward to make it bigger and better."

Eunice Acheampomaa (2019)

"The event should be on the annual national calendar, in school and colleges, if u need support in distributing posters/ leaflets for next year give me a shout 🙌🏾"

Selena Maxwell (2019)

"My first time.. it was amazing, very inspirational. Bringing my children next year. I’m based in Essex and would love some posters to put up in the community for next year. I feel it’s so important to raise awareness of this event 💪🏾✊🏽"

Paula Osei - Gyamfi (2019)

"Blessings to all Attended with my Sister and granddaughter and it was very inspirational most definitely coming next year. Is it possible to collect leaflets so I can give for next year event Giving Thanks to all the organisers and to those that take part"

Jacqueline Forde (2019)

"Thanks for an inspirational day. Will definitely spread the word. Also would love to be involved to support this more! 🙏🏾👍🏿👏🏿👏🏿"

Lisett Brown (2019)

"Thank you for a good day!,......You need help advertising the event. It also needs to be longer with more musicians & artist from various genre to express unity & diversity of the diaspora; Artist such as "Angelica Lopez" from the London Latin & South American community, identifies as being black African decent and constantly make a point about her African ancestry at her shows. Regardless of their religion philosophy or skin tone, all who can identify with the "Holocaust" should be made to feel invited. Many people do not know about this memorial? Even-more-so keep it in "Trafalgar square" right in their FACE🤔🙂💚🇬🇾🇬🇾🇬🇾😃 Peace be with you! 💚"

Ka'dix Kaah (2019)

"I was inspired by this event and so glad to be there with my daughter. I too was a little disappointed in the numbers attending, but there was attendance no doubt - the numbers will be greater next year, and the year after, and the year after that! ✊🏿 Such inspirational words spoken and creativity present on stage. Keep it Trafalgar and let's not give up on marking this event as a London calendar event of importance 🙏🏿"

Monica Gaisie (2019)

"First time me and my children come and we want miss again eye opening and sincere of belonging. Thanks for those of you who organise such wonderful event."

Amal Omar (2019)

"Was an amazing event my 3rd one"

Kareem Mohamed (2019)

" I so wanted to go. Glad it went well. All power, strength, peace and happiness to you all ~ African Kings and Queens, Princes and Princesses!!!❤"

Rowena Wright (2019)

"I was attending but unfortunately couldn’t but disappointed no news coverage."

Victoria Raison (2019)

"I was thinking it was lovely listening to the presenter offer a 1 minute silence honouring the ancestors. It would be great to have practises so we can deeply connect to the right ancestors and request their help /support with our problems."

Sam Gladden (2019)

"It's a very worthy cause to honour ancestors. Wish I could help, but living nearly 200 mile away from London.....well!"

Naudie Hendricks (2019)

"This means so much to my family....My great grandfather was one of these children illegally captured by spanish traders on the east coast of africa at the age of only 6!! He was put on a ship the Manuela for Cuba, but a British ship intervened and he was sent to Mauritius instead of being returned home."

Samuel Seblin (2019)

"Thanks for creating this day"

Marium Khan (2019)

"A powerful and vibrant experience!! A well chosen display and showcase of community leaders, activists and artists complemented by beautiful informative visuals and audio tracks. A well organised event and tribute to our ancestors. Bravo!"

Afroculturekidz

"What an awesome and powerful event! I'm so glad we was able to come and experience the loving and blessed vibes! Thank you and well done sis"

blackbritishparent (2019)

"Touched my soul. I was grateful to be in that space, give thanks to my ancestors and commune with my family"

lagoveb (2019)

"I found the Wall of Remembrance very moving. Listed were teh names of enslaved children, their ages, sex, ship name and embarkation ports. Seeing these children's real African names made this much more disturbing as opposed to just 'negro boy'. Some were just babies when they were stolen. Being a mother myself, my heart was heavy. But this was so necessary, it felt as if their souls/spirits were being acknowledged and could now RIEP. There is still so much healing that needs to be done and. Sankofa Day allows for this dialogue. Thank you."

lisa.davina.9 (2019)

"I enjoyed making a crown with @thekuumbakids and learning more about the Black men and women who fought against slavery and oppression. It showed us we should never give up and always fight for justice. I felt like Queen Nanaya Aasantewaa in my crown. Thank you."

sicklecelladvocate (2019)

“Thank you for doing that, I was there with my daughter and it was a blessing, she just said ‘mummy now I know where I come from’ that touched my heart, my daughter did not have identity[sic] that’s what I understand, she was struggling and I didn’t know”

ticharosario (2017)

“I was so impressed and inspired by the people who both organised and performed at this event, as well as the people who attended and threw themselves into the spirit. Some incredibly important issues were raised and it made me wonder how people could possibly deny the necessity of remembering slavery. I took photos of the memorial and wrote a piece about slavery remembrance, which you can read if you are interested by clicking the link below. Just want to thank everyone for investing their time and energy into such a worhy cause! I was especially touched by the woman fighting for better awareness of what black people can do to help victims of leukemia. Thank you!”

India-Mae Alby

“I want to send personal thanks to Shezal and all who organised and ran today's awe inspiring event. The work that must have had to go into it was not in vain though was it?! That was one of the most powerful experiences in my 50-odd years. As well as feeling the unity and love, I learned SO much today, so much food for thought for me alone to take away. I’m sure many people took something from today. I can’t wait to start following up some of the acts and all of what I heard. I feel we ALL have much to learn from one another. From the moment it kicked off with that remarkable young man’s [Kush] poetry to the scenes at the end where I saw strangers chatting, hugging and smiling together. Total respect Shezal. X”

Kevin Titterton

“Very special day. Well done for organising, looking forward to next year and a year of even greater progress.”

Jay 'Asma' Hall

“This woman’s [Simply Sayo] poetry was absolutely amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire event, looking forward to checking it out next year.”

Sondai Az

“What a pleasure attending the Slavery Remembrance Memorial Service yesterday! so nice to meet Akala.. Such a knowledgeable being!”

Kisha Bromfield

“It was a great day and I look forward to attending many more! Thank you for bringing this to people’s attention. Good luck going forward.”

Lucy Reddin

“Up Up Up”

Monique Marie Marie

“It wa a privelege and an honour to perform at such a momentous, important occasion. Well done for all your hard labours Shezal and your team. Keep up the great work.”

Pamela Sakyi

” I was at Trafalgar Square as well yesterday and took some videos. I was particularly impressed with the Lady originally from Jamaica who said she single handedly started the movement. As well as the young Lady poet, whose poem was entitled ” Do you love yourself Black Boy”

John Quaye Quao

“Well done to organisers, poignant but brilliant event I was glad to be there along with my daughters may we all go from strength to strength.”

Melvina Michel-de Sousa (2017)

“I was unavoidably late but so proud and happy I finally reached. Do we wait for same time next year for the next event or is there another coming up?”

Natalie Armstrong

“Brilliant event, uplifting, informative and entertaining. Fantastic speakers, dancers and poet. I was blessed to be there. Looking forward to next year’s event. Thanks to the organisers.”

Pamela Campbell

“A big thank you to all those who worked on and had a strong enough dream, to make yesterday possible. An inspiring day. Please can you put some excerpts from the day up, especially Afrikan Boy, he blew me away. Quote of the day from one of the poets – ‘My ancestors can’t reach me, because my parents failed to teach me’ Let’s not fail the future generation, remembering is important”

Eileen Ball

“Wonderful day and so befitting to our martyrs. Anything I can do to support this excellence I shall. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! OneBlessedLove”

Sankhara Messado

"Had a great time. Learned more about where I come from."

Caroline Charles

"Definitely want to go next year!"

Leanne Gayle

“Dr Lez was a fantastic host for yesterday’s Slavery Remembrance National Memorial 2017. Thank you to the organiser for putting on such an empowering and uplifting event. #OneLove #TimeToRemember #SlaveryRemembrance #MyTribe ✊✊”

Marlesha Jardine

“I travel down from Leicester for the day with my son. Well worth it! We both had an enlightening, uplifting day. Well done to the organisers and support. I’m thinking of bringing a group next year. #TimeToRemember”

Jeanette Wiltshire

“Excellent event. Well done for birthing this vision – we need it! Onwards and upwards…”

Shazza Nuge

“Great afternoon power to you & family. Thank you very much one love peace. Tricia”

Tricia Burke

“It was absolutely fantastic, first time for me definitely going next year.”

Michael Lisbie

“We had a beautiful day today. Thank you for such an important event.”

Sinai Fleary

“Awesome, thank you”

Tara Gholston

“Was a beautiful day just being part of history felt good n the sun came out, one love”

Jacqueline Jacobs

“My first time ever attending this event and i absolutely loved it”

Dinar Leo Dino

“The afternoon in Trafalgar Square, wonderful.”

Angela Nash

“What a fantastic event! Incredibly Powerful!”

Michelle Gee

"It was our first time in attendance. We learnt and we enjoyed. The children's workshop was brilliant and well run and the wall of Remembrance was moving. We will definitely be back for next year and I shall continue to follow the Sankofa Facebook page. Thank you for your hard work.

Julian Amari (2019)

"It was wonderful day me and children enjoy it"

Amal Omar (2019)

"I attended! A Great day. We need more"

Rubertine Carmen Allen (2019)

"Thank you to all that organised the day, not even the rude Vegan Protestors could Spoil Our Day..!! 🙏🏽 Thank You. Bigger and Stronger next Year 🙌🏽👊🏽"

Paula Adoley Mingle Manley (2019)

"Well done to the Organisers for such an event. Do try to advertise more going forward to make it bigger and better."

Eunice Acheampomaa (2019)

"The event should be on the annual national calendar, in school and colleges, if u need support in distributing posters/ leaflets for next year give me a shout 🙌🏾"

Selena Maxwell (2019)

"My first time.. it was amazing, very inspirational. Bringing my children next year. I’m based in Essex and would love some posters to put up in the community for next year. I feel it’s so important to raise awareness of this event 💪🏾✊🏽"

Paula Osei - Gyamfi (2019)

"Blessings to all Attended with my Sister and granddaughter and it was very inspirational most definitely coming next year. Is it possible to collect leaflets so I can give for next year event Giving Thanks to all the organisers and to those that take part"

Jacqueline Forde (2019)

"Thanks for an inspirational day. Will definitely spread the word. Also would love to be involved to support this more! 🙏🏾👍🏿👏🏿👏🏿"

Lisett Brown (2019)

"Thank you for a good day!,......You need help advertising the event. It also needs to be longer with more musicians & artist from various genre to express unity & diversity of the diaspora; Artist such as "Angelica Lopez" from the London Latin & South American community, identifies as being black African decent and constantly make a point about her African ancestry at her shows. Regardless of their religion philosophy or skin tone, all who can identify with the "Holocaust" should be made to feel invited. Many people do not know about this memorial? Even-more-so keep it in "Trafalgar square" right in their FACE🤔🙂💚🇬🇾🇬🇾🇬🇾😃 Peace be with you! 💚"

Ka'dix Kaah (2019)

"I was inspired by this event and so glad to be there with my daughter. I too was a little disappointed in the numbers attending, but there was attendance no doubt - the numbers will be greater next year, and the year after, and the year after that! ✊🏿 Such inspirational words spoken and creativity present on stage. Keep it Trafalgar and let's not give up on marking this event as a London calendar event of importance 🙏🏿"

Monica Gaisie (2019)

"First time me and my children come and we want miss again eye opening and sincere of belonging. Thanks for those of you who organise such wonderful event."

Amal Omar (2019)

"Was an amazing event my 3rd one"

Kareem Mohamed (2019)

" I so wanted to go. Glad it went well. All power, strength, peace and happiness to you all ~ African Kings and Queens, Princes and Princesses!!!❤"

Rowena Wright (2019)

"I was attending but unfortunately couldn’t but disappointed no news coverage."

Victoria Raison (2019)

"I was thinking it was lovely listening to the presenter offer a 1 minute silence honouring the ancestors. It would be great to have practises so we can deeply connect to the right ancestors and request their help /support with our problems."

Sam Gladden (2019)

"It's a very worthy cause to honour ancestors. Wish I could help, but living nearly 200 mile away from London.....well!"

Naudie Hendricks (2019)

"This means so much to my family....My great grandfather was one of these children illegally captured by spanish traders on the east coast of africa at the age of only 6!! He was put on a ship the Manuela for Cuba, but a British ship intervened and he was sent to Mauritius instead of being returned home."

Samuel Seblin (2019)

"Thanks for creating this day"

Marium Khan (2019)

"A powerful and vibrant experience!! A well chosen display and showcase of community leaders, activists and artists complemented by beautiful informative visuals and audio tracks. A well organised event and tribute to our ancestors. Bravo!"

Afroculturekidz

"What an awesome and powerful event! I'm so glad we was able to come and experience the loving and blessed vibes! Thank you and well done sis"

blackbritishparent (2019)

"Touched my soul. I was grateful to be in that space, give thanks to my ancestors and commune with my family"

lagoveb (2019)

"I found the Wall of Remembrance very moving. Listed were teh names of enslaved children, their ages, sex, ship name and embarkation ports. Seeing these children's real African names made this much more disturbing as opposed to just 'negro boy'. Some were just babies when they were stolen. Being a mother myself, my heart was heavy. But this was so necessary, it felt as if their souls/spirits were being acknowledged and could now RIEP. There is still so much healing that needs to be done and. Sankofa Day allows for this dialogue. Thank you."

lisa.davina.9 (2019)

"I enjoyed making a crown with @thekuumbakids and learning more about the Black men and women who fought against slavery and oppression. It showed us we should never give up and always fight for justice. I felt like Queen Nanaya Aasantewaa in my crown. Thank you."

sicklecelladvocate (2019)