August 25, 2008

Traditional African Ceremony Blesses Slavery Remembrance Day

LIVERPOOL has remembered its role in the transatlantic slave trade with a weekend of lectures and events across the city.

The centrepiece to the commemoration was Slavery Remembrance Day on Saturday, which began with a multi-faith Act of Reflection at St Nicholas' Parish Church, in Liverpool city centre.

At Otterspool Promenade, a traditional African ceremony, led by Chief Angus Chukuemeka, called on ancestors to bless the event.

Richard Benjamin, head of the International Slavery Museum, said: "We celebrate the resistance, rebellion and revolution that ended slavery, as well as the rise of popular movements for racial justice and social change that said both then and now 'never again'."

Black culture has had a big influence on popular culture in the UK and a series of dance, music and poetry performances showcased some of the best acts in Merseyside.

Among performers were poet Curtis Watt, rapper Kof, Merseyside Dance Initiative African Caribbean Youth Dance Group, Kevin Harvey and SuAndi and Daniel Tzegay.

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