LEST WE FORGET

International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

For this day we wish to present you with our specially re-edited video of Bob Marley’s Redemption Song performed by Playing For Change – One World.

Take a moment today to remember the millions of Africans brutally murdered, the millions of them who were enslaved and transported 1000s of miles away from their communities in west Africa in the Middle Passage – the Transatlantic Slave Trade – and then to become slave labourers on the plantations of the ‘New World’.

This is a shameful hidden history of the morally bankrupt White European ruling classes and their actions of enslaving Africans that they carried out in their desire to increase their wealth. Today is a day to remember the devastating impact that they had on lives of many millions of Africans.

Redemption Song – Written by Bob Marley

Old pirates, yes, they rob I
Sold I to the merchant ships
Minutes after they took I
From the bottomless pit

But my hand was made strong
By the hand of the almighty
We forward in this generation
Triumphantly

Won’t you help to sing
These songs of freedom
‘Cause all I ever have
Redemption songs
Redemption songs

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our minds
Have no fear for atomic energy
‘Cause none of them can stop the time

How long shall they kill our prophets
While we stand aside and look
Oh! Some say it’s just a part of it
We’ve got to fulfill the book

Won’t you help to sing
These songs of freedom
‘Cause all I ever have
Redemption songs
Redemption songs
Redemption songs

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our mind
Wo! Have no fear for atomic energy
‘Cause none of them-a can-a stop-a the time

How long shall they kill our prophets
While we stand aside and look?
Yes, some say it’s just a part of it
We’ve got to fulfill the book

Won’t you help to sing
These songs of freedom?
‘Cause all I ever had
Redemption songs
All I ever had
Redemption songs
These songs of freedom
Songs of freedom

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