Recognizing the Past, Repairing the Present, Building the Future

Event Under the High Patronage of the European Parliament

Inaugural Commemoration of the European Day for the Abolition of the Slave Trade in the European Parliament

Virtual Event on the Histories and Legacies of the Transatlantic Trade and Enslavement of Africans and People of African Descent in Europe and the Caribbean with a Screening of the Documentary Series “Enslaved” (2020)

– 2 December 2020 –


14:00 – 14:20 Welcoming remarks

Dimitrios Papadimoulis, Vice-President of the European Parliament
Charles Michel, President of the European Council (TBC)
Helena Dalli, European Commissioner for Equality

14:20 – 14:25 Introduction of the day

Younous Omarjee, MEP and Co-President of the Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup (ARDI)

14:25 – 14:40 Keynote

Michele Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights


14:40 – 14:50 Opening remarks

Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados

14:50 – 16:10 Discussion panel I: Recognizing the Past

MODERATOR: Rokhaya Diallo, French journalist, author and filmmaker

Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana, MEP, Co-President of ARDI
Professor Françoise Vergès, Political Scientist and Women’s Studies Scholar
Professor Olivette Otele, Professor of the History of Slavery at Bristol University
Professor Ahmed Reid, Member of the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent and Associate Professor of Caribbean History at the City University of New York (CUNY)
Evin Incir, MEP, Co-President of ARDI (TBC)


16:10 – 16:20 Opening remarks

Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences of UNESCO

16:20 – 17:40 Discussion Panel II: Repairing the Present, Building the Future

MODERATOR: Birgit Van Hout, Regional Representative for Europe, UN Human Rights (OHCHR)

Samira Rafaela, MEP, Co-President of ARDI
Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice Chancellor of the University of West Indies and Chair of the CARICOM Reparations Commission
Professor Stephen Small, Professor of African American Studies at the University of California Berkeley
Afua Hirsch, British journalist, author, and the Wallis Annenberg Chair of Journalism at the University of Southern California
Professor Prosper Ève, Professor of History at the University of La Réunion

17:40 – 17:47 Closing remarks

Monica Silvana Gonzalez, MEP, Co-President of ARDI


Hosting: Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup of the European Parliament

18:00-18:10 Welcoming remarks to screening of “Enslaved

SAMUEL L. JACKSON, American actor who is starring in “Enslaved” (TBC)

18:10-19:05 Screening of Episode 3 of “Enslaved” (2020)
19:05-20:00 Screening of Episode 4 of “Enslaved” (2020)

20:00-20:30 Q&A with Series Director and Executive Producer Simcha Jacobovici, Executive Producer Ric Esther Bienstock & Lead Instructor for ‘Divers With A Purpose’ Kramer Wimberley

The event open to public. Check this website regularly for the access link:

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