First observed in 2021, August the 31st is the International Day for People of African Descent. This global celebration was organised by the United Nations with the purpose of ending all forms of prejudice against persons of African origin by promoting the tremendous achievements of the African diaspora around the world. People of African origin continue to experience racial discrimination, marginalisation, and exclusion, despite considerable progress being made at the institutional, legal, and policy levels. The COVID-19 epidemic further highlighted the pressing need to address systemic racism in health as well as enduring structural disparities. One of the biggest obstacles preventing persons of African heritage from fully and effectively exercising their human rights continues to be a lack of acknowledgment.

It is essential that we continue to speak up – loudly and without fail – against any notion of racial superiority and that we work tirelessly to free all societies from the blight of racism

Impact

The African diaspora has significantly contributed towards science, literature, the arts, and research. African communities have left their mark on many regions of the world, in all of their diversity and richness. The United Nations aims to continue support the acknowledgment, justice, and development pillars of the International Decade for People of African Descent in honour of this day. Through film, dance, music, and art displays planned for the occasion as well as other representations of people of African descent's contributions to politics and science, this festival also strives to provide people the chance to learn more about African heritage and culture.  

How can you take part?

  • Visit memorials and museums

Around the world, there are numerous museums devoted to African history and heritage. African cultural institutions frequently host panel discussions, events, and workshops on the subject. A great place to go during this holiday would be this.

  • Support African musicians

African artists' huge body of work in literature, the arts, music, and film is a canon unto itself. It can be fascinating and enjoyable to stumble into a diverse range of tales and ideas, which is ideal for this observance.

  • Educate yourself about the history

Engaging with historical accounts of Africa and the lessons we may learn from them today is one of the key goals of this holiday. This is a crucial technique to comprehend the stories of African Communities. 

Why is this day important?

  • Social justice issues deserve your attention

This event is a reminder that social inequality and discrimination continue to be problems in many communities throughout the world. Many of these challenges merit addressing despite the many initiatives and efforts.

  • It strengthens human values

This commemoration's major objective is to foster communication and collaboration across various populations. Honouring African communities and other underprivileged groups is a crucial step in illuminating the societal problems that this goal faces.

  • It respects the tradition of a historically marginalised group

One of the most varied cultural landscapes is that of Africa. African communities have always made significant contributions to human civilisation, including a long history of cultural production.

What will you do?