The racist ideas of slave owners are still with us today

by Catherine Hall

On Sunday evening, the ITV series Victoria imagined Prince Albert addressing the great anti-slavery convention at Exeter Hall, on the continued existence of the slave trade and slavery. It went so far as to show an encounter between Albert, a freed African-American and American feminists attending the convention.

It was engaging television. […]

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Suriname Indigenous People’s Day

Indigenous People’s Day is one of the public holidays in the Republic of Suriname. It is celebrated on August 9, coinciding with the United Nations International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The UN General Assembly declared August 9 as International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples in December 1994. In 2007, the government of […]

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US owes blacks reparations over slavery: UN experts

GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — The United States should give African Americans reparations for slavery, UN experts said Tuesday, warning that the country had not yet confronted its legacy of “racial terrorism”.

Amid a presidential election campaign in which racial rhetoric has played a central role, the UN working group on people of African descent warned that […]

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An open letter on the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent

In the face of rising racism, scholars, activists and civil society organisations express their support for the UN Working Group on People of African Descent, and call on the UN to heed the call for reparatory justice.

To the Human Rights Council, the High Commissioner for Human rights and the General Assembly of the United […]

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The man stuffed and displayed like a wild animal

In the early 19th Century, it was fashionable for Europeans to collect wild animals from around the globe, bring them home and put them on display. One French dealer went further, bringing back the body of an African warrior. Dutch writer Frank Westerman came across the exhibit in a Spanish museum 30 years ago, and […]

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Descendants of 272 Georgetown University Slaves React to Reparations

by Ian Scoville Hoya Staff Writer

A group of descendants of the 272 slaves sold by Georgetown University in 1838 is seeking to establish a $1 billion foundation in partnership with the university and the Jesuits of Maryland to fund scholarships for descendants a week after University President John J. DeGioia announced they would receive an […]

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1st Nelson Mandela Interview

A television interview by Brian Widlake on 31 May 1961 has long been considered the earliest known interview with Nelson Mandela. However, we have recently discovered a short interview recorded during a break at the 1956 Treason Trail which lasted four-and-a-half years.

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Saint Lucia adopts UN Decade for People of African Descent on Marcus Garvey’s birthday

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Education, Dr Gale T. Rigobert, says Saint Lucia is proud to have officially adopted and launched the United Nations Decade for People of African Descent.

The Acting Prime Minister spoke following her presentation of an official declaration adopting the UN Decade last week, during a Colloquy on Slavery and Emancipation, […]

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