UK Partnerships

"America and Britain," Wilberforce declared, are "two nations who are children of the same family, and brothers in the same inheritance of common liberty."
—from House of Commons speech 19 July 1811

Profoundly inspired and influenced by Britain, America voted to end the slave trade 7 days after Britain's vote in 1807. Two hundred years later, the same two nations unite to remember the legacy of Wilberforce and his friends, to reflect and respond to the growing movement of justice and reconciliation. For the Bicentenary, countless numbers of cultural leaders, organizations, and local cities including Hull, Bristol, Liverpool, Birmingham, and London are working closely together to launch programs and initiatives that educate, inspire and transform. These preparations set in motion years ago will culminate not in a single event but in a wave of inexplicable proportions all over the United Kingdom throughout 2007.

"It was the faithful, persistent and enduring enthusiasm of…William Wilberforce…and [his] noble co-workers, that finally thawed the British heart into sympathy for the slave, and moved the strong arm of that government in mercy to put an end to his bondage. Let no American…withhold a generous recognition of this stupendous achievement. What though it was not American, but British…it was…a triumph of right over wrong, of good over evil, and a victory for the whole human race." Frederick Douglass

Today, the UK serves as the exemplary leader of establishing Abolition 200 as a legacy to champion our inheritance of common liberty for generations to come.

Quotes were provided by Wilberforce scholar Kevin Belmonte, the Lead Historical Consultant for Amazing Grace.

2007 Commemorations

Action of Churches Together in Scotland


Alpha North

Alpha - Scotland

Alpha UK

Amazing Grace Ireland

Bristol City Council

Bible Society

British Empire and Commonwealth Museum

Buncrana Chamber of Commerce

The Centre for Contemporary Christianity


Church Mission Society

Church of God of Prophecy

Churches Together in the Merseyside Region

Dalit Freedom Network

Evangelical Alliance

Evangelical Alliance Ireland

Evangelical Alliance Northern Ireland

Free At Last

Holy Trinity Brompton

Holy Trinity Clapham

Hull Museums


International Justice Mission

International Slavery Museum

Jesus House for all the nations

Lifeline Expedition

Lion Hudson

Liverpool City Council

Liverpool Lighthouse

March of the Abolitionists

Micah Challenge

Museums, Libraries and Archives Council

My Learning

National Coalition of Pastors' Spouses

National Maritime Museum

National Museums Liverpool

Oasis Trust

OM Ireland

Pocklington School

Premier Christian Radio

Royal Naval Museum

Roy Francis Productions

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)

Salvation Army

Ship of Fools

Spring Harvest

Stop The Traffik


Tearfund Scotland

The Amazing Change Campaign

The Cowper and Newton Museum

The National Portrait Gallery

The Trust

TISCA – Independent Schools Christian Alliance


United Kingdom Parliament

Wedgwood Museum

Wesley Owen Bookshops

World Evangelical Alliance