Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Solomon Northrup in Steve McQueen's '12 Years a Slave.'  (Photo Credit: Google Images)
Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Solomon Northrup in Steve McQueen’s ’12 Years a Slave.’
(Photo Credit: Google Images)

Tina Daunt of the Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the descendants of Solomon Northrup, a free African American, who was kidnapped and taken South to a life of slavery will be co-hosting a Google Hangout today in support of The International Labour Organization’s (ILO) anti-slavery campaign. Steve McQueen’s celebrated film ’12 Year’s a Slave’ explored Northrup’s 1853 memoir of the same name which chronicled his ordeal.

Daunt writes:

“Tuesday’s event is timed to coincide with the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery. Hundreds of thousands of people, particularly children in developing nations, currently are held in various states of coerced labor amounting to contemporary slavery.

The ILO’s expert on modern chattel servitude, Beate Andrees, will join the discussion of contemporary forced labor, which will be moderated by Holly Young, a journalist with the Guardian.”

Other Hollywood celebrities who have participated in events related to the ILO’s ongoing anti-slavery initiative include actress Jada Pinkett Smith and jazz legend Sergio Mendes.

The Google Hangout will start today at 11 a.m. EST.

Read more at the Hollywood Reporter.

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