Transatlantic Slave Trade

Preserving African burial grounds, protecting history 

The Black Lives Matter movement that is sweeping the world, has its origins in the transatlantic slave trade of the 16th century, and new impetus today, to honour and preserve the resting places of those who were enslaved, and their descendants.  

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Creativity works as ‘catalyst’ to overcome slavery: artist Christopher Cozier

Since before the era of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the arts have been used to confront slavery. Highlighting the importance of creativity as a force for change in societies where people were viewed first and foremost as property,  Christopher Cozier highlights the “self-worth process” that led slaves to become full citizens. 

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News in Brief 23 August 2018

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African slave trade in the Americas — a universal legacy

Learning the lessons of the 400-year transatlantic slave trade involves grasping the universal effects of its legacy, as well as recognizing and celebrating the contributions to society of the African diaspora and people of African descent.

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#RememberSlavery: African rhythms permeate Cuban music

More than 15 million African men, women and children were brought to the New World due to the transatlantic slave trade, which the UN has described as one of the darkest chapters in human history.

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Using art to commemorate the end of the slave trade

A memorial at UN Headquarters dedicated to the millions of African victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade urges people to “acknowledge the tragedy, consider the legacy, lest we forget.”

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