City Hall will held an event to commemorate the UNESCO International Day for Remembrance of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its Abolition.
This year’s event was in partnership with Sankofa Day and hosted by broadcaster Eddie Nestor MBE. The event included speeches from Dr Debbie Weekes Bernard, Deputy Mayor for Communities and Social Justice; Dr Onkar Sahota, Chair of the London Assembly; and Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director General of Social and Human Sciences at UNESCO.
The keynote speech was given by Professor Verene Shepherd, Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society and Hon. Fellow, Jesus College, Cambridge. Prof. Shepherd is the first Jamaican/CARICOM citizen and the first Black woman of African descent in the African diaspora to chair the United Nations’ Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.