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Ndaba Mandela to come to Liverpool for Slavery Remembrance Day

1 July 2015 by Lucy

Image of Ndaba Mandela

Ndaba Mandela will be joining us for Slavery Remembrance Day this year

We are really pleased to announce that Ndaba Mandela, grandson of the beloved and iconic Nelson Mandela, has accepted an invitation to deliver the Dorothy Kuya Slavery Remembrance Lecture this year on Friday 21 August.

The lecture is part of our plans for the city’s sixteenth annual Slavery Remembrance Day, which has been taking place since 1999. There’s three days of activities, with the main day of events taking place on Slavery Remembrance Day itself, Sunday 23  August.

As well as remembering those lost through the transatlantic slave trade, Slavery Remembrance Day also reminds us of the threat of racism and discrimination in modern society.

Continuing to keep Mandela on the world’s mind, Ndaba fuels the fiery message that one person can make a difference. He will deliver the Dorothy Kuya Slavery Remembrance Lecture on Friday 21 August at the Dr Martin Luther King Jr building at Albert Dock, Liverpool, before leading the International Slavery Museum’s annual ‘Walk of Remembrance’ on Sunday 23 August.

Ndaba Mandela follows previous high-profile speakers who have visited Liverpool to deliver the Dorothy Kuya Slavery Remembrance Lecture, named after a woman described as ‘Liverpool’s greatest fighter against racism’, Dorothy Kuya, who was instrumental in helping set up Slavery Remembrance Day in the city, and the International Slavery Museum which opened in 2007.

Memorial Lectures in recent years have been delivered by civil rights campaigner Mr Martin Luther King III, renowned activist and scholar Dr Maulana Karenga, civil rights campaigner Diane Nash and Zimbabwe’s first Black cricketer Henry Olonga.

Ndaba will also take part in a series of events in the city including a special literary event ‘Poets Against Apartheid – The Legacy of Gil Scott-Heron’ and Liverpool International Music Festival’s commissioned event ‘The Revolution Will Be Live’ at St. George’s Hall.

He will also visit local children at The Greenhouse Multi-Cultural Play and Arts Project in Toxteth and meet with the committee of The Mandela Foundation, who are working with the City to develop a permanent memorial to Ndaba’s grandfather the late Nelson Mandela.

As the Founder and Chairman of the Africa Rising Foundation, Ndaba has a vision to encourage young Africans to empower themselves to be at the forefront of Africa’s development. He is co-founder and Executive Director of MM Afrique Investments and Founder of the Mandela Project.

Slavery Remembrance Day is organised by National Museums Liverpool in partnership with Liverpool City Council.

Events include:

  • Friday 21 August: Dorothy Kuya Slavery Remembrance Lecture by Ndaba Mandela at the Dr Martin Luther King Jnr building, Albert Dock. Sense of Sound will open this year’s event with a choir performance. Doors open at 5pm and the lecture will start at 6pm. Tickets are free but booking is essential for this free event. Booking details to follow shortly at: liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/srd
  • Saturday 22 August: Family events from 1-4pm at the International Slavery Museum
  • Sunday 23 August: Walk of Remembrance (starts noon) through Liverpool city centre and Libation ceremony (starts 1pm) at Albert Dock. Everyone is free to join the walk. Following the Libation a variety of events will take place at the International Slavery Museum including commemorative arts and crafts activities.
  • Sunday 23 August: Poets Against Apartheid – The Legacy of Gil Scott-Heron, featuring poets Malik Al Nasir, Tayo Aluko and Jean Binta Breeze, with accompaniment of the Nicky Brown Gospel Choir.

Show us pictures of your visit to the International Slavery Museum

18 August 2014 by Mitty

children with their faces painted, listening intently to an unseen storyteller

Family activities at last year’s Slavery Remembrance Day © Simon Webb

So we’re in the midst of the summer holidays!!  Here at the International Slavery Museum we have great free events every day of the week for all to enjoy, so far we’ve been having fun with flags, making funky shakers and also decorating traditional West African mask designs. Loads of you come every day to enjoy our sessions and we would love to see what you are making!

Do you fancy sharing your pictures? You could tag International Slavery Museum on facebook or @slaverymuseum on twitter – and if you’re not following us, why not?! Read more…

Remembering Dorothy Kuya

2 January 2014 by David Fleming

Today I’d like to pay tribute to leading anti-racism campaigner Dorothy Kuya who died following a short illness on 23 December, 2013. Dorothy’s impact and influence stretched far beyond the L8 streets were she was raised.

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Kwanzaa Cards

17 December 2013 by Mitty

AWEC crafts

Craft in the Anthony Walker Education Centre © Pete Carr

Just thought I’d let you know about our festive craft activities that we’ll be running later this month. You might think it would be Christmas but it’s actually the lesser known festival of Kwanzaa. It is an African-American celebration of family community and culture. This Pan-African celebration takes place between Christmas and New Year and we’ll be making kwanzaa cards to celebrate. If you ask very nicely we might even  get out the glitter glues! Read more…

Slavery Remembrance Day – the journey continues

5 September 2013 by Richard

Flower arrangement saying 'We remember'

Another Slavery Remembrance Day has now passed but this does not mean that we consign its message, what it means to the people of Liverpool and beyond, to one side for another year. The core message, that of “We remember” from the descendants of enslaved Africans, members of the Diaspora and the wider public only has meaning when we work to make sure that the sacrifices, and achievements, of the ancestors are recognized to make the world a better place. Idealistic, maybe, but without a “dream” the legacies of four hundred years of enslavement, and resistance, would be forgotten. The world is not yet a place with full equality and freedom for all, free from discrimination or racism, but it’s a place where many people refuse to let the past sleep, to go unrecognized.  Read more…

Louise Ellman MP: “Slavery Remembrance Day fuses past and present”

19 August 2013 by Dickie


floral tributes on the dockside. Bright yellow and red wreaths with the words WE REMEMBER

Floral tributes at Slavery Remembrance Day

Guest blog by Louise Ellman, MP for Liverpool Riverside, who looks ahead to Slavery Remembrance Day which she believes fuses the past and the present. Mrs Ellman has attended every single Slavery Remembrance Day since 1999.

“Commemorating Slavery Remembrance Day in Liverpool is very special.  It is a grim reminder of the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade and an important part of the vital task of educating present and future generations about the enormity of this assault on human dignity and freedom. The consequences of the devastation it wrought on long-established African communities are still felt today.  Read more…

Join online discussion about Slavery Remembrance Day

16 August 2013 by Dickie

A head of shoulders image of Richard Benjamin  smiling

Dr Richard Benjamin

With Slavery Remembrance Day fast approaching (Friday 23 August), you are invited to take part in a special on-line discussion. Join Dr Richard Benjamin this Monday (19 August) between 3-4pm (UK time) when he’ll be live on Twitter.

Dr Benjamin is Head of the International Slavery Museum and will be on hand to answer any queries about this important week. Read more…

Haitian artist lost in the earthquake

18 January 2010 by Richard

artists standing next to sculpture

Atis Rezistans artists at the unveiling of the Freedom! sculpture in 2007


Well it is with great shock and sadness that I write this blog in light of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Nobody could not have been shocked at the images shown in the media this past week but it was particularly difficult for those of us associated with the museum as Haiti is central to the museum’s history and ethos for several reasons.

On 23 August 2007 the International Slavery Museum was opened. This is a significant date as it commemorates an uprising of enslaved Africans on the island of Saint Domingue (modern Haiti) in 1791. The date has been designated by UNESCO as Slavery Remembrance Day, a reminder that enslaved Africans were the main agents of their own liberation. Resistance to injustices and discrimination is a central theme of the International Slavery Museum. Read more…

Slavery Remembrance Day Festival 2009

25 August 2009 by Sam

Here’s a special report on this year’s Slavery Remembrance Day Festival from our ‘woman on the ground’, Claire Benjamin:

Diane Nash

Diane Nash. Copyright Simon Webb

“Over 5000 visitors enjoyed a weekend-long programme of events during the Slavery Remembrance Day Festival 2009. Held from 21-23 August, it got off to a powerful start with the annual lecture delivered by civil rights activist Diane Nash at Liverpool’s Town Hall. Vikki Evans-Hubbard in role as the young Diane performed a section of ‘Keep Your Eyes On The Prize’, a dramatic retelling of her struggle as a student, before introducing the real Diane Nash to the audience. ‘Keep Your Eyes On The Prize’ is staged regularly at the International Slavery Museum, check the Events and activities page to find out when you can see it next. Read more…

Slavery Remembrance Day Events

24 August 2007 by Lisa

An African woman in traditional dress

Helen Renner in her wonderful dress

I was pleased to be able to go along to the Slavery Remembrance Day events yesterday at Otterspool Prom. Thank goodness for the great weather! It was a busy afternoon with delicious Caribbean food followed by the libation ceremony and a mixture of live performances. The libation ceremony was a unique experience – it is a solemn African traditional ceremony, which remembers, acknowledges and honours African ancestors, elders and leaders. Chief Angus Chukuemeka commended the work of National Museums Liverpool and its staff, in producing a museum which he said touched deep seated emotions. Read more…

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