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Slavery Remembrance is a new organisation setup to commemorate the victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade/African Holocaust and promote International Slavery Remembrance Day (23/08).

Our ethos is to educatecelebrate and inspire with our main objectives being to:

  • Commemorating the victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade/African Holocaust.
  • Promoting International Slavery Remembrance Day (23 August).
  • Challenging views on Africa and its diaspora as a result of the Transatlantic Slave Trade/African Holocaust.
  • Promoting and celebrating the rich history, culture and achievements of Africa and its diaspora before, during and after the slave trade.
  • Acting as an umbrella organisation supporting and promoting individuals and organisations whose work focuses on benefitting Africa and its diaspora.
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The Transatlantic Slave Trade/African Holocaust is largely overlooked by the global community; particularly in the western world. We believe that if we are to start a national and eventually international conversation on the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The best way to achieve this is by using language which easily understandable to all.

Whilst we understand and agree with the use of our own terminology, by using names such as Maangamizi or Maafa we are literally using a foreign language and will, in many cases, instantly place barriers between those we are seeking dialogue with including many within our own community. Our job is to break down barriers and in doing this we must be prepared to meet people at their level in order to guide them to ours. We have a difficult and multifaceted struggle ahead thus we are conscious not to do anything that will act as a blockade to our work.

However, once the conversation has started we can then start to introduce other language and terminology.

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There is a reason why the Jewish community remember and commemorate their holocaust each year, it is for the same reason that here in the UK we have a national remembrance day for the victims of WW1 & 2. To honour those who have lost their lives and learn our lessons from history. Both of these reasons are equally applicable to our lost ancestors.

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots”

Marcus Garvey

We believe that it is no coincidence that in the 21st century we still have the need for movements such as Black Lives Matter, whilst at the same time we still fail to properly recognise, acknowledge and educate ourselves on African/Black history, including the Transatlantic Slave Trade/African Holocaust. We are of the firm belief that you cannot tackle racism without tackling its roots.

For too long things have stayed the same, there has been no significant change in our struggle since the civil rights movement in the 1950’s-60’s. We believe things need to change and in order for this to happen our way of doing and tackling things also needs to change. No longer is ignorance an option and neither is failure.

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Education is the key.

We intend to achieve our objectives by running various projects including educational and school workshops and arts & culture festivals. However, we strongly believe that the battle that has to be fought cannot be fought by one organisation alone. United we are stronger and we are conscious of not, where possible, doubling up on activity already being carried out by other well established organisations. In such scenarios we shall be seeking to join together and form partnerships with other organisations to carry out projects.

“Education is the great engine of personal development”

Nelson Mandela

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You.

This battle is one that belongs to the entire black/African community. Every single person belonging to this community has a place within the fight. Complacency is not an option.

Therefore, SR shall be run on a membership basis. This prevents stagnation and allows for a constant free-flow of ideas, activity and fresh input from all. It allows for a fuller and fairer representation from our entire community. It means too, that community input as well as SR projects are not localised to one region or area. The fight belongs to all of us and so does SR.

From as little as £1 you can become a member of Slavery Remembrance and push for the change you wish to see.

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Membership starts from as little as £1 a month. Our standard rate starts at £3.92 a month and you can choose to pay more if you wish.

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Your membership fee would provide vital financial support for SR and would allowS us to remain independent. We are all aware of how vulnerable organisations are when they solely rely on government funding and we would prefer not to find ourselves in such a position. The revenues raised from membership fees will enable us to achieve this and shall be used in the following ways:

  • Our projects
  • Partner projects
  • To support oganisations & individuals targeting the afro-Caribbean community.

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Partner organisations are carefully selected existing organisations with an established record of working for the black/African community. are organisations we have a special agreement to work together longterm for the benefit of one another and in turn the community we serve.

No. We believe the government has a duty to all its citizens and we are not here to absolve them of this duty. However, being independent means we can choose to accept or not accept government money depending upon the circumstances.

It also, more importantly, means we are not reliant on government funding.

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We’ll send you a membership pack in the post shortly after you sign up, which includes our special member SR Sankofa badge.

We’ll also help you get further involved with the organisation by sending you information about local campaigning events and opportunities to share your ideas about

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Yes. You can only become a member of SR if you are of black African descent; this includes the diaspora from the Caribbean, Latin America etc.

But don’t worry if you are not of African descent, you can still get involved by becoming one of our supporters.

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Yes, providing one of those heritages is of black African descent. Our founder is of mixed-heritage.

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You can become one of our supporters. You will receive the same information as our members however, you will have no voting rights. Just select the supporter option on the membership page.

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Every member has a say in the direction of SR as such they are given voting rights which will allow them to:

  • Vote on which organisations should receive financial support from SR.
  • Vote on some of the decisions SR has to make (e.g. sometimes we may get stuck on a decision we think could have wider ramifications for the organisation. On such occasions we may put it up to a member vote)

In addition all members will be able to submit ideas and feedback for future projects and directions for SR by filling out a member feedback form.

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Click on the button below and follow the instructions. We can’t wait to welcome you to the family.

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In most communities you will find the doers and the talkers. The black/African community is no different. We believe that everybody from our community has a duty to do, therefore, only those willing to ‘do’ rather than simply talk deserve to have a say in SR.

In simple terms, put your money where your mouth is.

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Our volunteers and ambassadors are the backbone of this organisation. We rely on you, the people on the ground to reach our entire community. We can’t be everywhere at once but with you as our ambassadors and volunteers we can.

We need you to spread the message that we are reuniting and get others from our community to join us.

Our volunteers give up their free time because they want to be part of the change they wish to see.

We are very keen to hear from experts within their field who think they have something they can offer us. Please fill out our volunteer form.

Yes. All applications will be looked at on an individual basis, previous experience, expertise and knowledge along with personal information shall all be taken into consideration when looking at funding applications.

However, we recognise that some of us may have great ideas but do not have the capacity/skills required to put that idea into action. If this is you, you can still send your idea to us and if we agree with you we will find the relevant experts to make your dream a reality.

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Through the sale of our SR Remembrance Sankofa Badge (our poppy) and other merchandise as well as some commercial fundraising activities.

In the first instance please contact partners@slaveryremembrance.org with information about your organisation.

We are not presently accepting applications for funding as we first need to raise the money. All members will be informed as soon as the application process is open.

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