March 21 marks the anniversary of the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa.
On that day, police opened fire on hundreds of peaceful demonstrators against Apartheid’s passbook laws, killing 67 and wounding 186. In 1966, the United Nations declared March 21 the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in memory of this tragedy.
Each year, the Centre for Race and Culture commemorates this important day. Over the years, our activities, events, lectures, ceremonies, and celebrations have served as opportunities for us to come together and renew our commitment to building an inclusive society free of racism. Our March 21st Campaign is our effort to engage our community in becoming more aware of racism and building more understanding between all of us.
How This Initiative Fits with Our Priorities
Our March 21st Campaign is a key annual effort to engage our membership and the wider community in becoming more aware of racism, and to work to build more understanding between all of us.
Recent March 21 Campaign Posts
- March 15, 2019
The Centre for Race and Culture is pleased to bring together local academics and researchers, community and grassroots organizations, and local artists and activists, to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. All community members are invited to join us March 22 and 23 for a FREE 2-day symposium on race, anti-racism, and inclusion! […]View Initiative
- February 8, 2018
What is the 21for21 Campaign? The 21for21 campaign was designed to commemorate March 21st, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The campaign invites organizations and individuals in Edmonton to commit to an intentional action that can help build a racism-free community. What is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination? On March […]View Initiative
- February 7, 2017
March 21 marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racism. In the spirit of sharing stories, CFRAC is partnering with the Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation to bring their Anti-Racism Film Festival to Edmonton. This festival will be preceded by a 48-hour film challenge during which teams will create films that explore ideas of racism, discrimination, […]View Initiative