Dorothy Kuya Slavery Remembrance Lecture
Wednesday 22 August 2018, 5.30pm
Dr Martin Luther King Jnr Building, Albert Dock Liverpool
© Karen Ray Photography
The 2018 Dorothy Kuya Slavery Remembrance Lecture was delivered by Gina Belafonte, daughter of the legendary Harry Belafonte - the American singer, songwriter, actor and a social activist among Dr Martin Luther King Jr's confidantes.
Gina is an artist and activist who has worked with her father on multiple productions. She is currently the co-director of Sankofa.org, a social justice organization founded by Harry Belafonte that educates, motivates, and activates artists and allies in service of grassroots movements and equitable change. It enlists the support of today's most celebrated artists and influencers in collaboration with grassroots partners, to elevate the voices of those who find themselves disenfranchised from their communities to promote peace and equity.
"I am deeply honored to be asked to speak at the International Slavery Museum where my father was present for its inauguration.
We will forever find desperate communities that need our support and services, and I believe that until we all as a global community have a real conversation about the oppression and violence against communities of color and the poor, we will never hold ourselves accountable." Gina Belafonte
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This annual event has been named in honour of Dorothy Kuya. She was one of the country's leading figures in combating inequality and a tireless anti-racism campaigner who fought all her life for truth and justice.
Dorothy lived in Liverpool and was part of the steering group instrumental in transforming and developing National Museums Liverpool's Transatlantic Slavery Gallery into the International Slavery Museum, which opened in 2007.
It is fitting that her name should live on to educate and inspire future generations.
Slavery Remembrance Day has been marked on 23 August in Liverpool since 1999 and this is the city’s 19th year of celebration, commemoration and remembrance. Liverpool was the European capital of the transatlantic slave trade, responsible for half of Britain’s trade. More than 5,000 slaver ship voyages were made from the city. The ships set sail from Liverpool with goods and franchise, which were exchanged for enslaved men, women and children on the west coast of Africa who were then taken across the Atlantic in a horrific journey known as ‘the Middle Passage’. Through these exchanges, ships departing Liverpool would go on to carry an estimated 1.5 million enslaved Africans into slavery.
See photos from previous years' lectures in our highlights gallery.