"The living legacy of 30 million untold stories” was the theme of this year’s International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, which is observed annually on 25 March.
“By studying slavery, we help to guard against humanity’s most vile impulses,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message to mark the Day. “By examining the prevailing assumptions and beliefs that allowed the practice to flourish, we raise awareness about the continued dangers of racism and hatred."
Jazz piano giant, Randy Weston (on Bösendorfer) performed African Sunrise for The Living Legacy Concert at the United Nations General Assembly.
On 25 March the United Nations capped off a week of activities to honour the memory of the millions of innocent victims who suffered over four centuries due to the transatlantic slave trade.
The events culminated with a Living Legacy concert that was staged in the General Assembly Hall featuring prominent artists such as Melba Moore and Randy Weston of the United States, Morgan Heritage of Jamaica, Aurelio Martinez of Honduras, Khaira Arby of Mali and a cultural group from Equatorial Guinea.
(Photocredit: UNO; Vladimir Zaslavsky)
(Photocredit: UNO; Vladimir Zaslavsky; youtube video:martincongahead)