The Antislavery Usable Past is delighted to welcome Shamere McKenzie, CEO Sun Gate Foundation, as an Advisory Board Member to the project.
Shamere is herself a survivor of modern slavery and now uses her past adversity to raise awareness of human trafficking by speaking at various universities, conferences, community events and with government officials around the world. She partners with organisations by empowering survivors and youth within their programs, trains various professionals on how to identify and respond to human trafficking and have written and emergency shelter program for adult survivors of human trafficking. Her story has been featured in several books including a college text book focused on social justice. In addition, her story has been featured on various television and radio programs, in magazines and newspapers, on several blogs and she has received numerous awards for her work.
The Sun Gate Foundation is an anti-trafficking organisation that provides educational opportunities for survivors of human trafficking. It is Shamere’s desire that the Sun Gate Foundation will empower survivors to pick up their broken pieces and go confidently after their dreams.
‘U.S. Studies Online’ have published a positive review of the Historians Against Slavery Conference that was organised by Antislavery Usable Past in October 2017. The post by delegate Charlotte James, a postgraduate student, was published on 22 December 2017. U.S. Studies Online is the Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher webspace of the British Association for American Studies (BAAS).
For the full article go to http://www.baas.ac.uk/usso/historians-against-slavery/
Using street art to help fight modern slavery
Aniekan Udofia Bread for the City 1640 Good Hope Road SE Washington D.C. 2011
Dan Devenny Labor History Mural New Bedford Sixth and Spring Streets 2001
Lunar New Year (LNY Newark) I am Yo Soy Joseph Avenue Rochester New York
Wings of Faith 97th St at Avalon Blvd Los Angeles (Black Neighbourhood) 2005
The University of Nottingham is launching the first ever major collection of murals focussing on slavery and the anti-slavery movement on the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery (2 December).
Murals are a common tool in the fight against slavery, but their ephemeral nature means that that have a limited lifespan. The Antislavery Usable Past project has created the first large-scale collection of antislavery murals. It brings together both interior and exterior murals from the 1920s through to present day.
By evaluating how different groups have used murals about the antislavery past for protest and community activism, the archive aims to encourage contemporary antislavery activists to use this form of community artwork to raise awareness and build city-wide “slavery-free community” campaigns.
Created by researcher Hannah Jeffery, the archive currently features murals of historical American abolitionist leaders such as Frederick Douglas, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Denmark Vesey and Nathaniel Turner. It also includes murals that use the visual iconography of slavery and antislavery. Going forward it will expand to include murals about historical antislavery from the UK and around the world, and also begin to feature new murals that focus on the contemporary movement against slavery and human trafficking.
“In creating this archive, I wanted to establish a sense of permanence for these murals to ensure they remain visible in the historical protest narrative, even if erased from their physical location. Two of the main purposes of the archive are to show how these artworks have long been protest tools to tell forgotten antislavery stories for the purpose of galvanizing community activism, and also to highlight lessons we can learn and apply to murals today that raise awareness of contemporary slavery and human trafficking.” Hannah Jeffery, PhD student, Antislavery Usable Past
To find out more about the archive visit antislavery.ac.uk/murals
Please join us to launch Remembering 1807, a new digital archive of commemorative activity relating to the transatlantic slave trade and its abolition. This free event will take place at the Museum of London Docklands on 20 September, 6.30 – 8 pm.
Please register for the launch to hear more about this new resource, a collection of the Antislavery Usable Past Archive.
Help make Nottingham a slavery free city. Join us for an evening of film and discussion about what modern slavery looks like in your community on 20 June 2017 at University of Nottingham.
Free admission but registration is required, register by eventbrite www.nottinghamagainstslavery.eventbrite.co.uk
1 June 2017, 10:00am-5:00pm, Wilberforce Room, Museum of London in Docklands
We would like to invite you to a workshop on the 1 June 2017 at the Museum of London in Docklands focused on new approaches to teaching the history of transatlantic colonial slavery.
Unchosen are delighted to announce an innovative conference called Stay Safe from Slavery, focusing on new ways of preventing Modern Slavery in the UK. The conference takes place at the University of Nottingham on 21 June 2017. The university’s Research Priority Area in Rights and Justice and Antislavery Usable Past project is partnering on the conference, in conjunction with work to make Nottingham a slavery-free city.
Mary Wills will be presenting at the University of Warwick’s Poverty Research Network workshop on 3 March 2017. The Poverty Research Network brings together scholars from different disciplines, working on broad themes of poverty and social justice from the local to the global level. The ‘Empires of Charity‘ workshop looks to explore the relationship between systems of charity and imperialism broadly defined within a global framework. Mary will be speaking on the British anti-slavery cause in nineteenth-century West Africa, and how abolitionism became intertwined with concepts of imperialism, philanthropy and humanitarianism.
Three members of the Antislavery Usable Past team – Katie Donington, Rebecca Nelson and Mary Wills – will speak about the project and their own research at a seminar organised by the Centre for the Study of International Slavery at the University of Liverpool on 7 February, 5pm-7pm. Mary Wills will be speaking on ‘Commemorating slavery and abolition in the UK: heritage, memory and activism’, Rebecca Nelson on ‘The Many Faces of the Modern Museum’ and Katie Donington on ‘Red rubber in sepia: slavery, memory and representation in the Democratic Republic of Congo’.
Admission is free. Details of how to register, and more info, can be found on the Centre for the Study of International Slavery website.