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International Day for the Remembrance of Slave Trade and its Abolition

By Nkem Egenuka on Tue, 23/08/2016 - 13:06


Over 400 years ago, more than 15 million men, women and children were victims of the very tragic transatlantic slave trade which is one of the darkest chapters in human history.

August 23 of each year is the day designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO ) in memory of the transatlantic slave trade, to honour and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system. Its aim, is to engrave the tragedy of slave trade in the minds of everyone.

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition was first celebrated in Haiti and Goree which is in Senegal. The purpose of this day is to remind people of the tragedy of the transatlantic slave trade, thereby making them ponder on the historic causes and the consequences of slave trade. The day is not to be confused with the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, observed annually on 2 December. August 23rd  also pays tribute to those who worked hard to abolish slave trade and slavery throughout the world because it impacted on the human rights movement.

People promote the day by informing others about the historical events associated with slave trade, the consequences of slave trade, and to promote tolerance and human rights.

The Director-General of UNESCO invites the Ministers of Culture of all Member States to organize events every year, involving the entire population of their country to mark 23 August each year.

 Check out this book list on slavery!



12 Years a Slavery by Northup, Solomon

Root by Alex Haley

zlc89765Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Slave Girl by Emecheta, Buchi

 Biographies and Autobiographies


A Promise to Nadia: A True Story of a Britain Slave in the Yemen by Muhsen, Zana and Croft, Andrew


Up from Slavery by Booker, T. Washington



The Last Slave Traders by Meunier, Pierre


The Slave and the Crown by Egwuda, Emeka

 Children books

Living Through History: The Abolition of the Slave Trade by Leas, Allen

Jaja of Opobo by Alagoa, J.E

The Boy Slave by Onadipe, Kola

The Return of the Boy Slave by Onadipe, Kola








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