On 18/19 October 2018, the UNESCO Slave Route Project and the Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace co-organised an international symposium. Hosted by the Berkley Center at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. the participants explored ways to address the root causes of racial prejudices, racism and discrimination derived from slavery, past and present.

In particular, this symposium has deepened our reflection on the present-day psycho-social, cultural and political impacts of the traumas of slavery and discussed the conditions necessary for transformative encounters and healing the wounds of this history. It was organised within the framework of the 70th Anniversary of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024).

Please find here the Healing the Wounds of Slavery Symposium Concept Note, and the UNESCO_Symposium_Healing-the-Wounds-of-Slavery_Oct2018_FinalReport.

Symposium event photos are now available to share, thank you.

Washington DC Symposium October 2018. group photo

Please refer to Symposium October 2018 participants’ brief bios to learn more about the contributors.