The United States today commemorated the 200th Anniversary of the Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade by paying tribute to the millions who were stripped of their human rights and dignity during their enslavement and fight for freedom.
Public Delegate to the United States Mission to the UN The Honorable Kendrick Meek today said the tribute encompasses continual efforts to chronicle the untold stories of those who suffered and memorialize those who fought for the abolishment of this cruel industry.
“We also are supporting efforts to end modern forms of slavery. We must never forget the full extent of the human suffering involved in this trade. We must remain vigilant in our efforts to combat any attempt to deprive people of their freedom and human dignity.” -Mr. Meek
He stressed that the United States remains committed to supporting outreach and educational efforts about the history of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. He said the shameful trade and the struggle for freedom are part of our hemisphere’s history.
“It is our duty to raise awareness of the trade and its consequences as we work to eradicate racism and reduce inequality wherever it occurs.” -Mr. Meek
He stressed the United States continues to connect American voices to the global conversation about the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its untold stories. The United States has supported UNESCO’s Transatlantic Slave Trade Education Project, “Breaking the Silence.”
“As part of that effort, we engage both governments and civil society organizations on programs that raise awareness about the history of the slave trade, and also highlight the invaluable contributions made by people of African descent in a range of fields.” -Mr. Meek
He stressed that the United States also supported the adoption of 2011 as the International Year for People of African Descent at the United Nations and the Organization of American States.