Today is the international day established by the UNESCO to “inscribe the tragedy of the slave trade in the memory of all peoples.” At Contra Nocendi we wish to observe this day to take note of the history behind slave trade and analyse the way it has influenced the relations between Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas.
The UNESCO has also marked this day as an opportunity to consider the consequences of the slave trade, which was a great tragedy with the inhumane trafficking and indiscriminate human rights abuse of people from various parts of the African continent. The UNESCO has invited the Ministers of Culture of all Member States to observe this day every year by conducting events by involving its people especially youngsters, educators, artists and intellectuals.
The intervening night of August 22 and 23rd in 1791 was the day an uprising began in Santo Domingo located in today’s Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The slave rebels in this revolution played a crucial role in eventually abolishing the transatlantic slave trade and hence the UNESCO has chosen August 23rd to commemorate the role of this landmark in history.
On this day, Contra Nocendi reflects on salutes the contributions of several important characters in the history of abolition who fought to win back the human rights of people who were caught and faced abuse and torture along the various slave routes between Africa’s west coast and countries and colonies in Europe and the Americas.