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Tuesday is International Jazz Day!
Jazz has been a force for positive social transformation throughout its history, and it remains so today. From its roots in slavery, this music has raised a passionate voice against all forms of oppression.
A week full of activities to Remember Slavery came to a close in New York City last Friday with a special concert taking place at UN Headquarters. Watch the concert here: http://webtv.un.org/meetings-events/
This photo was taken at the 2012 concert. Credit: UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras
Find out about the special events taking place this week ahead of the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade (25 March) to honour and remember the more than 15 million men, women and children who were the victims of the tragic transatlantic slave trade.
Sunday is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.
Today, 21 million women, men and children are trapped in slavery all over the world. Prominent artists, athletes and advocates have teamed up with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and its new campaign to End Slavery Now, and so can you.
You’re invited! On Tuesday 15 May at 7 p.m, a special gala concert featuring reggae, jazz, hip-hop, percussion and other musical styles will be held in the historic General Assembly Hall at United Nations Headquarters.
In addition to raising awareness of the transatlantic slave trade and the continuing fight against the lingering consequences of bigotry, racism and prejudice, the concert will help raise funds to erect a permanent memorial at UNHQ.
If you’re not able to attend in person, you’ll be able to watch online worldwide or on Time Warner Cable Channel 150 in NYC.
The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade serves not only as an opportunity to reflect on those that suffered and perished at the hands of slavery, but also as an occasion to raise awareness to the world’s youth about the dangers of racism and prejudice.
In its 1999 declaration to proclaim 23 August each year as the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition (transmitted by the Secretary-General to the General Assembly A/54/137), UNESCO sought to “increase awareness of the slave trade and slavery, its…