by Alexandra in WMass
Fri May 12th, 2006 at 12:53:33 PM EST
"A people without memory is a people without future" Aimé Césaire
Today May 10, 2006 is the fifth anniversary of the adoption by the French senate of a law recognizing the slave trade and slavery as a crime against humanity and is an official day of remembrance. The ministry of education issued an official call, with accompanying texts and poems on slavery, for schools to engage students in discussions.
From the front page - whataboutbob
Click on the image of the Bordeaux façade for source and article (in French) on the city's slave trade.
In Bordeaux, one of the centers of the slave trade in France along with Nantes, La Rochelle and Le Havre, the local organization diverscites (translated as both diversity and diverse cities) has been organizing conferences, rallies, and cultural events for several years and has organized events from Mai 10 to 13th this year (pdf flyer).
Karfa Diallot, founder and president of Diverscite looking at the statue of Toussaint Louverture in Bordeaux (photo by J.-P. Guilloteau of L'Express - click on photo for related 2005 article in French in L'Express)
A longer diary on Bordeaux to follow in the next few days...