Emancipation Day commemorates August 1, 1834, the date that slavery was officially abolished throughout the British Empire following the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833.
On this day, we celebrate the individuals who fought bravely for their human rights. We also empower those who still endure inhumane practices in their everyday lives.
While this day acknowledges one of humanity’s greatest achievements, it is also a reminder that we must continue fighting to achieve full equality for all our people and generations to come.
Ainsworth Spence, SEIU Healthcare Executive Board Member – Workers of Colour