Friday, February 02, 2007

Wilberforce's Unfinished Work

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire. Two hundred years ago, British politician William Wilberforce and a small group of friends took on the most powerful forces of their day to end the slave trade. His mentor was John Newton, the slave-trader-turned-songwriter who wrote the world’s most popular hymn, "Amazing Grace."

Today, it is estimated that 27 million people remain as modern-day slaves.

This month, the movie Amazing Grace, depicting the life of Wilberforce, opens in the US. The lead role is played by Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd ( Hornblower, Fantastic Four, Forsythe Saga, Man and Boy, 102 Dalmations) Click here for a preview of the film.

The film coincides with the release of David Batstone's, Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade--And How We Can Fight It

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