Monday, March 11, 2013

Thursday March 21 at the United Nations at 4:30 for the Days of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave-trade



In commemoration of the Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave-trade, I will speaking about Founding Myths for the United Nations on Thursday, March 21 at the UN Bookshop from 4:30-6. Everyone who lives in or near New York is invited to come.

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"Presentation and Book Signing

Thursday, 21 March 2013, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., United Nations Bookshop, United Nations, New York

A presentation of Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery (2012) by authors

Deborah Willis, University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University;
Barbara Krauthamer, Professor of History, University of Massachusetts Amherst;

and of Black Patriots and Loyalists: Fighting for Emancipation in the War for Independence (2012) by author

Alan Gilbert, John Evans Professor of History, University of Denver.

This event is open to the public. Information on visiting United Nations Headquarters can be found at the UN Visitors Centre.

Cultural and Culinary Evening and Exhibit Reception

Thursday, 21 March 2013, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Main Gallery, Visitors’ Lobby, United Nations, New York.

The event will begin at 6:00 pm with a poetry recital to honour the 100th anniversary of the birth of Aimé Césaire, organized jointly with Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie and Bureau de la Martinique. Françoise Vergès, President of the French National Comité pour la Mémoire de l’Esclavage (2008-2012), will introduce the Recital.

The evening includes:

Poetry readings by Ezra Mabengeza, Roxane Revon, Carole Alexis, and Christel Coita
Music performance by Yacouba Sissoko (Kora player)
Dance performance by Ballet des Amériques
Screening of video excerpts from Aimé Césaire : Une Voix pour l’histoire, by Euzhan Palcy
Display of kanga fabrics from East Africa
Video presenting La Fraternité, the educational ship project
Culinary displays

The exhibition Forever Free: Celebrating Emancipation comprises panels retracing the history of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, presenting heroes and activists, the fight for emancipation, and the legacy of slavery today. Original copies of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by President Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of State William Seward, and of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution will also be on display during the commemorative week, 18-25 March. This special display is made possible by the generosity of Mr. Lawrence Benenson. The exhibition is free and open to the public from 11 February – 26 March 2013. Information on visiting United Nations Headquarters can be found from the UN Visitors Centre."

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The day for the Remembrance is usually March 25th. But this year is the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and the 180th of the abolition of bondage throughout the British colonies which occasions a week-long celebration.

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