International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Monday, 21 March 1966

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was first proclaimed a United Nations’ Day of observance in 1966. The day was inspired by events that took place six years earlier, when police shot and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa. The Sharpeville Massacre is also observed as Human Rights’ Day locally.

The theme for The International Day for The Elimination of Racial Discrimination is “Racism and Sport”

References:
• United Nations, 'International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discriminatio', [online] Available at: www.un.org  [Accessed: 18 March 2014]
• Time and Date, 'International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination', [online] Available at: www.timeanddate.com [Accessed: 18 March 2014]

Last updated : 17-Mar-2017

This article was produced for South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011