The British Museum is hosting a day of events to commemmorate the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the Atlantic slave trade.
Resistance and Remembrance
Sunday, 25th March 2007
14:00 - 18:30
free to all
“Resistance and Remembrance is a day to remember the past, to live in the present, to look toward the future.” Bonnie Greer, Trustee, British Museum
The afternoon will feature a wide range of events and activities including:
• The Brodsky Quartet playing in the BP Lecture Theatre
• Simon Schama reading from his book Rough Crossings
• Romuald Hazoumé talks about his artwork La Bouche du Roi
• Storytelling with Beyonder and H Patten
• Bonnie Greer and Tony Sewell in discussion
http://www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk/tradeandidentity/randrprogramme.pdf (PDF file)
There will also be space for the quiet contemplation and remembrance of the achievements of Africans, the African diaspora, and those everywhere, past and present, involved in the resistance against slavery in all its forms.
The day will culminate in a Ceremony of Remembrance, featuring the telecast of a special message from Nelson Mandela. The ceremony will also feature a choral performance, short readings and testimonies from a variety of guest speakers. Hosted by Colin McFarlane, the ceremony will include contributions by among others, Diran Adebayo, Kwame Kwei Armah, Shaheera Asante, Jean Binta Breeze, Bonnie Greer, Fergal Keane, Kofi Mawuli Klu, David Lammy MP, Mike Phillips, Trevor Phillips, Hugh Quarshie, Wole Soyinka and Baroness Lola Young.
In association with the Royal African Society, Rendezvous of Victory, Pan-Afrikan Youth and Students Internationalist Link (PAYSIL) and National Union of Students – Black Students Campaign (NUS-BSC). Film programme in partnership with the London Borough of Camden.
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