2009

Breaking the Silence, Beating the Drum

Akon & Peter Buffett
Blind Boys of Alabama
Izaline Calister
Staceyann Chin
Toumani Diabate
Whoopi Goldberg
Gilberto Gil
Sarah Jones
Salif Keita
Carl Lewis
Emeline Michel
Lenelle Moise
CCH Pounder
Phylicia Rashad
Nile Rodgers
Passing Strange’s Stew

“We must acknowledge the great lapse in moral judgment that allowed [the Transatlantic Slave Trade] to happen.”
– Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
United Nations, 25 March 2008

2009 Commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and
the Transatlantic Slave Trade

On March 25, 1807 a group of nations joined together for what was arguably the first international human rights initiative: the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. In recognition of that event, the General Assembly of the United Nations has adopted a resolution designating March 25 as an International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

On March 25, 2009 Culture Project presented Breaking the Silence, Beating the Drum, a concert staged at the United Nations General Assembly Hall commemorating the end of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Held in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations, one of the most unique venues in the world, the concert featured artists from Africa, the Caribbean, North America, Central and Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Europe.