A Shared History, A Shared Future: March for Justice and Family Discovery Day
Community based groups have been exploring the ways in which slavery in all its forms throughout history has operated, and how it relates to our lives in Birmingham.
A joint project with organisations from across the city
On 1 August 1838 Joseph Sturge led a march against slavery from the Town Hall.
On 1 August 2007 we marched from St Martin Church, Bullring to the Town Hall, led by an actor playing Olaudah Equiano and Joseph Sturge, the great, great nephew of the Joseph who had also campaigned in Birmingham against slavery 200 years ago.
The march was one of a number of events organised as part of A Shared History, A Shared Future, in and around Chamberlain Square and the Central Library, attended by over 6,000 people.
Throughout the day Sarah Falkland from BBC Midlands Today ran live coverage of the events on the Big Screen, from limbo dancing at St Martins to a Slavery Fashion Show and Kajan Gospel singing on the Beach at Chamberlain. Dunia Yetu created a drama specially for the day, Babmundi Drummed, Marcella Erskine sang, Desmond Pusey told stories, Tayo Fatunla explored cartoons, and there was a Fair Trade Market in Business Insight.
The day ended with a Slavery Question Time special, hosted by Olaudah Equiano, with special guests Gemma Wolfes (Anti-Slavery International), Bishop Joe Aldred (Breaking the Chains), and Marika Sherwood (Author).
This was the best event in the year of the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slave trading.
A Shared History, A Shared Future
Breaking the Chains 2007