UNESCO Day for Remembering the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its Abolition

Incredible afternoon and evening at London City Hall on Wednesday 23rd August 2023 for the Mayor of London’s annual event to commemorate the UNESCO Day for Remembering the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its Abolition.

There were moving, emotional introductions from the Mayor of London and Debbie Weekes-Barnard, Deputy Mayor for Communities and Social Justice, with the Libation given by Paa C Quaye (pictured above).

Attendees also enjoyed poetry from the fabulous George The Poet and a wonderful rendition of Miriam Makeba’s The Click Song, before the key note speech from His Excellency Judge Patrick Robinson of the International Court of Justice (pictured above).

Judge Robinson’s keynote was followed by Affirmations from members of the Mayor’s advisory group including my good friend, UN Fellow and fellow barrister Priscellia Robinson (pictured above in red).

His Excellency Judge Patrick Robinson (pictured above with me, Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP, Chair of the UK Parliament All Party Parliamentary Group on Reparations, and Priscellia Robinson) is currently making waves around the globe with his powerful, compelling and evidenced rallying calls for reparations for African Chattel Slavery.

The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.

The time has come.

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