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24.06.2020 - Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors

Marcus Miller joins the Webinar “Health, the hidden violence of race”

On 24 June 2020, UNESCO Artist for Peace Marcus Miller contributed with a video message to the UNESCO and the United Nations Funds for Population (UNFPA) Webinar about racism and health inequalities

In the framework of the UNESCO’s Slave Route Project: Resistance, Liberty, Heritage, a Webinar was organized with high level specialists to draw lessons from the consequences of slavery on health and more specifically in the context of the COVID19 crisis.

The Webinar showed that the virus itself does not discriminate, but have made apparent the deep social and economic inequalities in our societies as the statistics indicate. in the United States, South America, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, to name just a few regions, the minority communities have been disproportionately affected by the virus. Moreover, they are still today excluded from full access to equal healthcare, education, the citizenship space and socio-political and economic opportunities.

As spokesperson for the UNESCO’s Slave Route Project, Jazz musician Marcus Miller has worked to ensure that the story of slavery is not forgotten. In this capacity and as UNESCO Artist for Peace, Miller participated in the Webinar with an important opening message. “We’re going through a strange, confused, but also hopeful moment in our history.”

After having described the unprecedented impacts of COVID-19 on our daily lives, he recalled another recent event that has marked people of African descent: “another brutal and savage assassination of a black man by the institution that was supposed to protect him.” As the shadows of slavery still remain apparent, and justice and dignity are perpetually denied for black people, he explained the vitality of Black Lives Matter movements across the world.

The meeting, aimed at considering race and health together, came at a pertinent time. Marcus Miller added that race and health together aren’t often considered, even though they are vital in understanding the deep structural impacts of race. “We think about education, housing, job opportunities, but we never really seriously consider health, although it’s the essential element to life itself.” He concluded giving thanks to UNESCO and the Slave Route Project for continuing to give people the opportunity to understand how real consequences of slavery still are today.

See details of the webinar here

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