Reparations for Blacks in America: Four Centuries of Struggle Now on the Cusp

Since being robbed from our homeland, Africans and their descendants have waged unrelenting efforts for redress. These efforts have taken many forms. Some aimed at self-repair (now called internal reparations); others sought redress from those who committed the crimes.

The first acts of reparations sought to restore our liberty and sovereignty. Individual flight from enslavers, waging […]

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5th Gordon K. & Sybil Lewis Memorial Lecture

Dr. Gordon K. Lewis and Mrs. Sybil Farrell-Lewis were distinguished members of the Institute of Caribbean Studies of the University of Puerto Rico. Dr. Lewis was its director from 1983 to 1987; and Mrs. Farrell Lewis […]

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Reparations Webinar for The Saint Lucia Diaspora on Independence Sunday

The Saint Lucia National Reparations Committee (NRC) and the Office of the Ambassador for Diaspora Affairs will on Sunday present a special Webinar for the Saint Lucian and Caribbean Diaspora on ‘Reparations for The Caribbean & The Diaspora: Why, How and When?’ The Sunday, 21 February 2021 event — from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm […]

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Message from the CARICOM Reparations Commission

On the Occasion of the United States Congressional Hearing on the HR40 Bill
17 February, 2021

On behalf of the CARICOM Reparations Commission, allow me to congratulate members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties for conducting this Congressional hearing on the HR40 Bill.

Your hearing comes at a time when the […]

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Reparations bill tests Biden and Harris on racial justice

By MAYA KING (Politico)

President Joe Biden supports the idea behind the bill. Vice President Kamala Harris endorsed it during her time in the Senate. But that might not be enough to get a proposal to study reparations for slavery to Biden’s desk this Congress.

Despite the enormity of the task behind the legislation known as H.R. […]

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Harvard Study: Reparations for slavery could have reduced COVID-19 infections and deaths in US

Harvard Medical School

A new study suggests monetary reparations for Black descendants of people enslaved in the United States could have cut SARS-CoV-2 transmission and COVID-19 rates both among Black individuals and the population at large.

Researchers modeled the impact of structural racism on viral transmission and disease impact in the state of Louisiana.

The higher burden of […]

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Congress to Convene Hearing on Reparations Bill H.R. 40

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties will hold a hearing on H.R. 40, the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act, on February 17, 2021. The 10:00 a.m. ET hearing will examine the legacy of slavery, its continuing impact on the Black community, and the path […]

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Reparation scholarship from ‘Social & Economic Studies’

The scholarship on reparation for colonial atrocities is growing. The latest publication is Social & Economic Studies Vol. 68:3 & 4. This week’s “Reparation Conversations” a collaboration between The Gleaner and the Centre for Reparation Research, is by Michele A. Johnson, who summarises the articles and provides her own contextual comments on the launch and […]

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What Price Wholeness?

A detailed new proposal for reparations for slavery raises three critical questions: How much, exactly, does America owe? Where will the money come from? And who gets paid?

By Shennette Garrett-Scott

Shennette Garrett-Scott is an Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Mississippi and the author of Banking on […]

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Why History Matters: the Legacy of Slavery

by David Rosen

Many Americans watched as Joe Biden marked his Inauguration Day celebration with a brief presentation before the statue of Abraham Lincoln, invoking the Civil War as an historical moment when the nation triumphed over deep division.

When recalling Lincoln, many New Yorkers may remember the famous speech he gave at Cooper […]

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