Dorothy Kuya Slavery Remembrance Lecture

Dorothy Kuya

Dorothy Kuya

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. Liverpool was the European capital of the transatlantic slave trade, responsible for half of Britain’s trade. More than 4,500 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.

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