United Nations – “Forever Free: Celebrating Emancipation”

Hail Mi Irieites,

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This week the United Nations is honoring the victims of the transatlantic slave trade. On the 22nd, Steel Pulse will be performing as part of this tribute in the General Assembly Hall, United Nations, New York. UN Foundation Girl Up Champion Monique Coleman will host the event featuring performers from Africa, the Caribbean and the United States:

  • Benyoro
  • Cameroon National Ballet
  • UNESCO Artist for Peace Marcus Miller
  • Somi
  • Steel Pulse

Speakers at the concert include:

  • H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Ms. Shorna-Kay Richards, Chargé d’Affaires a.i., Deputy Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations and Chair of the Permanent Memorial Committee
  • Mr. Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information

This year is particularly important, with many key anniversaries in the fight against slavery – including 220 years since France’s General Emancipation decree liberated all slaves in present-day Haiti; 180 years since the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 ended slavery in Canada, the British West Indies and the Cape of Good Hope; and 170 years ago, the Indian Slavery Act of 1843 was signed. Slavery was also abolished 165 years ago in France; 160 years ago in Argentina; 150 years ago in the Dutch colonies; and 125 years ago in Brazil.

2013 is also the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation in the United States, which declared that, on 1 January 1863, all persons held as slaves within any States, or designated part of the State, the people whereof shall be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.

The Door of No Return (lyrics) from African Holocaust was perhaps our best tribute to the tragic legacy of slavery:

For those who are unaware, slavery continues in this time.

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Here are some links to overstand what’s happening, and how you can get involved:

Bless. D

2 thoughts on “United Nations – “Forever Free: Celebrating Emancipation””

  1. Thanks a lot David Dread Hinds for taking the modern day Slavery issues to a high level delegation, the General Assembly. How I wished the points raised could have been taught in schools So as to bring much awareness to our children and their childrens.
    Keep the truth in the open as it is hidden, forbidden and concealed!

    Big uP!!!

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