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Liverpool marks Slavery Remembrance Day

RECOGNITION: People in Liverpool taking part in the Slavery Remembrance Day walk

LEADING ANTI-RACISM campaigners were joined by hundreds of people in Liverpool to mark Slavery Remembrance Day at the beginning of September.

Dr Gee Walker, whose son Anthony was murdered in a racially motivated attack in the Huyton area of the city in 2005, led a Walk of Remembrance through Liverpool city centre along Church Street and into the Albert Dock.

She was joined by Symon Sentain, chairman of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.  This year’s event also marked the 20th anniversary of the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence.

Sentain, the great-great-grandson of a slave, said: “Slavery Remembrance Day is vitally important to observe as it also provides a time to reflect on those who have not been able to progress, held back by the dead hand of racism, discrimination, missed opportunities and reduced life chances and for us all to remember that the work to eradicate these evils is not yet done.”

This year’s events included the Slavery Remembrance Day Memorial Lecture at Liverpool Town Hall, which was given by Professor Verene Shepherd, a leading Jamaican academic specialising in Caribbean women’s history, migration and diasporas and Jamaican economic history.

In recognition of achievements in academia and women’s movement, Professor Shepherd was included on the International Slavery Museum’s Black Achievers Wall.

Claire Benjamin, head of Communities at National Museums Liverpool, said: “Gee is an inspiration and her presence added something very special to what is always a very moving and poignant day.

"It was also symbolic to have Symon Sentain join us from the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust in what is the 20th anniversary year of Stephen’s death.”

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