Today, March 25, 2015 on the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the United Nations held an unveiling ceremony for The Ark Of Return
Today the world took time to honor and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system. The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery also aims at raising awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice we are facing even today. The theme this year is “Women And Slavery”, honoring the women that paved the way for Black America and all displaced Africans by paying tribute to the many enslaved women who endured unbearable hardships, including sexual exploitation, as well as those who fought for freedom from slavery and advocated for its abolition.
To permanently honor the victims of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, a permanent memorial was erected today at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The winning design for the memorial, The Ark of Return by Rodney Leon, an American architect of Haitian descent, was selected through an international competition and announced in September of 2013.
This year’s Day of Remembrance pays particular tribute to the many women who suffered and died during the slave trade…Women slaves played a key role in maintaining the dignity of their communities. Too often their leadership and brave resistance have been underestimated or forgotten.”
-Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General
In the legacy of Queen Mother Audley Moore, the great Marcus Garvey, and all the ancestors who fought for reparations and repatriation; The Ark of Return is a symbol of the ongoing fight toward freedom for the displaced African descendants worldwide…Never forget.
-Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely, UN Goodwill Ambassador to Africa