By Sr. Jean Stoner, SND
NGO Representative at the United Nations
Over a span of 500 years, more than 18 million people were forcefully removed from Africa under an economic system that provided free labor to the Americas and Europe. The United Nations General Assembly has resolved to erect a permanent memorial at U.N. headquarters in New York City to honor the victims of one of the greatest assaults on the integrity and dignity of human beings. The memorial will also educate people about racism and prejudice and the lingering consequences of slavery in our world today.