On March 21 in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid “pass laws”. Proclaiming the Day in 1966, the General Assembly of the United Nations called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination (resolution 2142 (XXI)). See: http://www.un.org/en/events/racialdiscriminationday/.
In Toronto, this day is celebrated by the York Regional Police on April 7. This is one of our highly recommended events, an opportunity to learn about community services and to see excellent cultural performances. Please see our Blog about this annual event in 2012: https://www.torontomulticulturalcalendar.com/2012/04/18/252-elimination-of-racial-discrimination-york-regional-police/