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Observed each March 21 after the tragic day in 1960 when the police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire on participants in a peaceful demonstration against apartheid, killing 69 people, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination remains an important one in the attempt to fight racism and racial discrimination worldwide.
The apartheid system in South Africa has since been dismantled, and many racist laws and practices have been abolished worldwide. Yet still, in all regions, too many individuals, communities and societies still continue to suffer from the injustice and stigma that racism brings. Join us in dedicating yourself today to a better world in which racial discrimination is ended once and for all.
Learn more about the day's history in more detail in our Medium article.