Thousands marched on the 1st of August which was originally chosen as the day of the Reparations March because it is
the officially recognised ‘Emancipation Day’, marking the passing of the Act for the Abolition of slavery
throughout the British Colonies; for promoting the industry of the manumitted slaves; and for compensating the
persons hitherto entitled to the service of such slaves (also known as the Slavery Abolition Act) on 1 August 1833
and took effect 1 August 1834. The significance of this date in history is that it is the date that after all the
years of resistance by chattelised Afrikans, torn away from our Motherland, Britain and its fellow European enslavers
of Afrikan people were compelled to recognise that they could no longer continue to enslave us without severe consequences.
It therefore represents a symbolic day recognising our refusal to accept enslavement, in every manner,
including its present-day manifestations and to remind ourselves of the need for our true emancipation which
will not occur without holistic Reparatory Justice –