The International Day of Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

ICYE (International Cultural Youth Exchange) is an organisation dedicated to promoting youth exchange and intercultural learning. 

The International Day of Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, observed on the 23rd of August, t aims to pay tribute to those who fought for freedom and to underline the importance of teaching about this history.

Why ICYE cares about the Day of Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

  1. ICYE promotes Intercultural Understanding
    Understanding the history of the transatlantic slave trade is crucial to understanding the roots of many contemporary cultural dynamics, especially between African, European, and American societies.
  2. ICYE acknowledges Historical Injustices
    By recognising the day, ICYE can help in acknowledging and addressing historical injustices, fostering a sense of reconciliation and understanding.
  3. Making the most of educational opportunities
    Let’s “use” the day as an opportunity to educate young participants about this significant part of world history, ensuring that such atrocities are not forgotten and are not repeated in the future.
  4. ICYE believes in Empowerment Through Knowledge
    We, as individuals, can make informed choices through understanding history. By engaging with the historical significance of the abolition of the slave trade, young people can gain a better understanding of the importance of human rights, justice, and freedom.

Suggestions to Celebrate the Day of Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition:

  1. Find educational Workshops:
    Check what’s available in your area.
    For example, make your way to the National Maritime Museum in London for workshops that delve deep into the history of the slave trade, its abolition, and its long-term effects on modern societies. Or maybe try the London, Sugar & Slavery exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands in Canary Wharf
  2. Organise Storytelling Sessions:
    Invite or join descendants of slaves or experts on the topic to share personal stories or historical accounts, humanising the statistics and making the history more relatable.
  3. Take part in Cultural Exchanges:
    Facilitate exchanges or trips to places of historical significance related to the slave trade, such as former slave forts in West Africa or the Underground Railroad sites in North America.
  4. Collaborate with Relevant Organisations:
    Partner with museums, historical sites, or NGOs that focus on African diaspora and the history of the slave trade to bring authenticity and depth to the celebrations.
  5. Attend Film Screenings:
    Showcase documentaries or films that depict the history and impact of the slave trade, followed by discussion sessions.
  6. Visit Art Exhibitions:
    Encourage young artists to depict their interpretations of the history and legacy of the slave trade and its abolition.
  7. Support Awareness Campaign:
    Launch social media campaigns or other online initiatives to educate a broader audience about the significance of the day.
  8. Host Lectures:
    Invite historians or scholars specialising in the subject to give lectures or seminars.
  9. Encourage Reflection:
    Create spaces for young people to reflect on the lessons from this history, drawing parallels with modern issues related to racism, discrimination, and human rights.
    >> Feel free to use this material from the UN, also useful for class
  10. Join Literary Engagements:
    Organise or join book readings or discussions based on literature that deals with the topic, such as “Beloved” by Toni Morrison or “The Book of Negroes” by Lawrence Hill.

At ICYE-UK we would like to commemorate the International Day of Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, and reinforce our commitment to fostering intercultural understanding and respect among young people, ensuring that they are well-informed and empathetic global citizens.