Show Your Support on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – 21 March.

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was created by The United Nations’ (UN) and is observed with a series of events and activities worldwide on March 21 each year. The purpose of the day is to remind people of racial discrimination’s negative consequences. It also encourages people to remember their obligation and determination to combat racial discrimination.

The 21st of March was chosen as a reference to an event, known as the Sharpeville tragedy or Sharpeville massacre, which captured attention worldwide. The event saw police opening fire and killing 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against the apartheid “pass laws” in Sharpeville, South Africa, March 21, 1960. The UN proclaimed the day as a Day of Observance in 1966.

To show your support use the official UN hashtag #FightRacism on social media to raise awareness.

To learn more about the day take a look a the UN website here