August 31 - International Day For People of African Descent
∙ It is only by facing the painful truth of our past, and not shrinking from our current responsibilities to address systemic racism, that we will forge a better future. ∙
More than 200 million people in the Americas alone identify as being of African descent.
The United States joins others around the world in commemorating the International Day for People of African Descent.
This day was created to promote the extraordinary contributions of Africans and members of the African diaspora around the world and is an opportunity to focus on eliminating all forms of discrimination against people of African descent.
The United States continues to support the International Decade for People of African Descent through shared goals of recognition, justice, and development. Millions more are located worldwide outside the African continent. Whether as descendants of the victims of the transatlantic slave trade or as more recent migrants, they are among some of the poorest and most marginalized groups. Nonetheless, people of African descent are holders of great multicultural richness, and resilience and provide substantive contributions to every field of human endeavor, including health.
Last year, the United Nations marked the first-ever International Day for People of African Descent on 31 August 2021.
∙International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024)∙
The International Decade aims to celebrate the important contributions of people of African descent worldwide, advance social justice and inclusion policies, eradicate racism and intolerance, promote human rights, and assist in creating better, more prosperous communities, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals spearheaded by the United Nations.
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