I can’t believe a whole year has gone by already and Slavery Remembrance Day Festival is here again. This is only my second year of it but if last year was anything to go by I’m sure this year will be equally inspirational and moving.
Last year civil rights campaigner Diane Nash gave a beautiful speech about her role in the civil rights movement. This year on Friday 20 August 2010 cricketer Henry Olonga will be talking about his incredible story, which is one of accomplishment and resistance.
Not only was Henry the first Black cricketer to represent Zimbabwe at international level but he also publicly protested against Robert Mugabe’s government. In 2003 he wore a black armband in a Cricket World Cup in protest against Mugabe’s Zimbabwe government. This act led to a warrant for his arrest on charges of treason (which carries the death penalty in Zimbabwe), forcing him to retire from international cricket and temporarily to go into hiding.
Not only will people get to hear his amazing story but on Monday 23 August 2010 people can take part in some thought-provoking and entertaining activities for Slavery Remembrance Day. As well as celebrating Black culture and heritage there will be a traditional African Libation ceremony that remembers enslaved Africans and calls on ancestors to bless the event.