Africa First – Equiano and British African Struggles for Freedom

Greetings brothers and sisters,

The 25th African Remembrance Day (ARD) will be held at The Museum of Docklands, No 1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London E14 4AL. at 1.00pm sharp on Thursday, 1 August 2019.

The day will centre around the reflection and remembrance of the suffering and experiences of millions of African men, women and children who perished in the Middle Passage and plantations economies in the New World. This year the theme is ‘Africa First – Equiano and British African Struggles for Freedom’, which considers the impact of Olaudah Equiano’s extraordinary book ‘The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano: or Gustavus Vassa, the African’ published 230 years ago, as well as the activities of his associates in the ‘Sons of Africa’, now recognised as kick-starting organised African diaspora struggles in the UK. How have those struggles evolved from the time of Equiano and ‘Sons of Africa’ to the present.

Keynote Speaker

The great Black British History and Pan African scholar, Professor Hakim Adi. His most recent publication is ‘Pan Africanism: A History’. Other speakers include Yvonne Chioma Mbanefo, Igbo expert, author and co-organiser of the International Igbo Conference.

1st August has become a national focal point for the diverse strands of the black community to come together to reflect on our past journey, as well as sign post the future. If you are unable to attend, join us in 3 minutes silence at 3pm.

Travel to the venue:

Buses D6 / 15 / D3 / D8 / D7 / 277 / 115 / 135.

Underground DLR : West India Quay / Jubilee line : Canary Wharf

Parking : Vinci car park behind the museum on Hertsmere Road.

For further information contact :

Onyekachi –

Roy –



In partnership with the Equiano Society & the Museum of Docklands