Slavery Remembrance Day events 2008
Details of this year’s programme of commemorative events, which take place at locations across Liverpool, are below.
The Slavery Remembrance Day 2008 leaflet can be downloaded from International Slavery Museum’s website: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk
All events are free, everyone is welcome.
Slavery Remembrance Day memorial lecture
Thursday 21 August 2008, 5.30pm at Liverpool Town Hall. This year’s lecture will be given by the British poet, playwright and author, Lemn Sissay. Refreshments served from 5.30pm, lecture starts at 6pm.
Multi-faith act of relection
Saturday 23 August 2008, 10.45am at Our Lady and St Nicholas church. A church service for people of all faiths to remember the victims of the transatlantic slave trade and affirm commitment to human rights and social justice for all. Following the service free buses will run from the church to Otterspool.
Commemorative events at Otterspool Promenade
Saturday 23 August 2008, 12noon-3pm An afternoon of events at Otterspool promenade, south Liverpool. Details of how to get to Otterspool and a map are available on this website. Events at Otterspool will include:
* 12 noon: Cultural food and activities in the marquee. Enjoy a wide variety of traditional African and Caribbean food, with family activities.
* 1pm: Libation on the waterfront. Chief Angus Chukuemeka and community leaders will take part in this traditional African ceremony which calls on the ancestors to bless the event. The offering of libation involves the pouring of liquid, which can be water or wine, in a special pattern, while homage is paid to the ancestors.
* 1.30-3pm: Events in the marquee. An afternoon of exciting music and drama performances showcasing Black culture and heritage.