Sadiq Khan – 2021 Comments on the UNESCO International Day

The comments made by Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, on 23 August 2021.

It is vitally important that we come together to remember and honour the millions of people who suffered and died as a result of the Transatlantic slave trade, and the impact this has had on generations of Black communities here in London and worldwide. This event provides an opportunity for Londoners to reflect on how the legacy of slavery has shaped the city that we live in today, from our institutions and our industries to our public spaces. It also serves as a reminder that it is our duty to stand up and speak out against prejudice, oppression and injustice wherever this may be found.