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13.10.2019 - Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors

Marcus Miller commemorates 25th anniversary of UNESCO’s Slave Route Project

Marcus Miller © Brenda Miller

Marcus Miller, UNESCO Artist for Peace, commemorates the 25th anniversary of UNESCO’s “Slave Route Project” in Marseille, France, in the framework of International day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.

On 23 August 2019, Marcus Miller, renowned American jazz musician and spokesperson for the “Slave Route Project”, published a video message online acknowledging the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade, as well as the 25th anniversary of the Slave Route Project.

Since his designation as UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2013, Marcus Miller has supported and promoted UNESCO’s “Slave Route Project” by playing songs about slavery around the world and raising awareness on this tragedy, which had a profound Impact on modern society. 

In the video, and on the occasion of International day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, Marcus Miller discussed a song in particular called Gorée, which he wrote after his visit to the Senegalese island of Gorée, where African captives were held before being sent off to slavery. Marcus Miller stated that he not only wanted to express anger and pain in this song, but also to celebrate human resilience during dark periods of history. 

Marcus Miller then expressed his enthusiasm and desire to continue acting as spokesperson for UNESCO’s “Slave Route Project”, and to travel around the world delivering its message. He added: “I think the project is really important and has done a lot of work, getting people and countries around the world to acknowledge slavery”. 

The “Slave Route Project” is a UNESCO initiative that was officially launched in 1994 in Ouidah, Benin. The projects aims to break the silence surrounding the slave trade and slavery and to shed light on how it has affected all continents and shaped our modern societies.

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is commemorated on 23 August each year. It is intended to inscribe the uprising of slaves in the night of 22 to 23 August 1791, in Santo Domingo (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic). This led to the independence of this part of the island in 1804 and the emancipation of slaves.

To see the full video, click here.

 




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