This day recognizes that the injustices and prejudices fueled by racial discrimination take place every day.  Observed annually on March 21, it commemorates the day police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid "pass laws" in 1960.

The 2024 theme is  “A Decade of Recognition, Justice, and Development: Implementation of the International Decade for People of African Descent”.  Racial discrimination and the legacies of slavery and colonialism continue to destroy lives and curtail opportunities, preventing billions of people from enjoying their full human rights and freedoms.


Monthly Observances

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