The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade is held every year on March 25th, honouring the over 15 million people subjected to the transatlantic slave trade over four centuries. Today reflects on the harsh realities faced by enslaved Africans, particularly in entry sites like Portobelo, Panama. Despite the formal abolition of slavery, its legacy persists in various forms today.
Commemorations include memorial services and vigils for those affected by slavery and the slave trade. Cultural event, like African-American inspired music, along with art and poetry exhibitions from the slave trade era, play a big role too. The day also emphasises education about the impacts of racism and slavery, particularly for younger generations, through events in schools and universities. Today, we are reminded of a painful history and encouraged to reflect on how the past influences the present.