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Glover, right, and author Ta-Nehisi Coates

All Rev’d Up: The Future Of Reparations

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By Hannah Uebele, WGBH — This year marks the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans arriving in the United States. Reverend Irene Monroe and Reverend Emmett G. Price III joined Boston Public Radio on Monday to discuss what reparations will look like if HR-40 — the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act — or another reparations bill is passed. “We’re looking at 250 years of slavery, 90 years of…

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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Congressional Black Caucus Slams the Trump Administration for Refusing Temporary Status to Bahamians

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As reported by NBC News, the Trump Administration has announced it will not provide temporary protected status to Bahamians who fled Hurricane Dorian. If granted, this status would have let Bahamians work and live in the United States until it is deemed safe to return to their home. Congresswoman Karen Bass, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus issued the following statement in response: “There are thousands of Bahamian families who deserve…

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Virginia Theological Seminary

Virginia Theological Seminary’s reparations effort is part of a larger movement in higher education

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

A growing number of schools have started to look into reparations and restitution for descendants of the enslaved. But most of these schools have stopped short of supporting actual funds to provide compensation, instead launching studies to better understand how they profited or otherwise benefitted from the use of enslaved labor. These efforts have led to initiatives like Universities Studying Slavery, a University of Virginia-led consortium of roughly 50 schools that…

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Robin Rue Simmons

As Evanston’s black population continues to drop, city officials will study reparations initiatives

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Jennifer Fisher, Chicago Tribune — Over the last two decades, the black population of Evanston has been shrinking. In 2000, 22.5% of residents identified themselves as black, according to U.S. Census data. The percentage declined to 18.1% in the 2010 Census. The number has continued to fall to an estimated 16.9% in 2017, per the latest American Community Survey estimate. “Black residents are moving because of lack of affordability…

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HR 40

Reparations: Yes? No? Maybe? Why Or Why Not?

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Ambriehl Crutchfield, WVXU — Some Cincinnatians are making a case for and against reparations for descendants of enslaved Africans. During St. Peter’s United Church of Christ’s event “Race, Rage and Fear: The Case for Reparations – Yes, No, Maybe? Why or Why Not?,” a group of churchgoers and community members broke into groups to discuss reparations. One of the questions was: If the government gave a million dollars in…

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Senatorial candidate Willie Wilson (l) and Ald. Rod Sawyer (far right) have been working with other community leaders on a reparations resolution for the city.

Reparations Resolution To Go Before City Council Next Week: ‘It’s Time’

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Jamie Nesbitt Golden, Block Club Chicago — CHICAGO — Is the city ready to address the painful past of the Transatlantic Slave Trade? A coalition of public officials and activists — including newly announced U.S. Senate candidate Willie Wilson — seem to think so, and are preparing to introduce a resolution to City Council next week. The move comes as the national conversation surrounding reparations continues on Capitol Hill…

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Bahamas

Information, Resources, and Places to donate to help people affected by Hurricane Dorian

By Black Family Summit (BFS) Posts, News & Current Affairs

On this page we are sharing information on ways to help those affected by Hurricane Dorian. IBW is not collecting donations for this purpose but we are assisting the relief and rebuilding efforts by providing our IBW community to the resources listed below. On this Page: Bahamas Hurricane Restoration Fund Hotline Information Website for locating loved ones affected by Hurricane Dorian Volunteers Needed: Medical field and allied health professions Medical…

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Destruction on the island of Grand Bahama in the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.

Hurricane Dorian Makes Bahamians the Latest Climate-Crisis Victims

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The country has a tiny carbon footprint but carries the burden of being ground zero for global warming. By Erica Moiah James, The New York Times — MIAMI — Whoever thought Dorian might be a good name for a hurricane has some explaining to do. In the Bahamas, when we have to deal with difficulties, we try to make the saddest people among us laugh, knowing that they will return the…

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Robert Mugabe, former Zimbabwe president, dies aged 95

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Final years in power were characterised by financial collapse, violent intimidation and vicious power struggle. By Jason Burke and David Smith, The Guardian — Robert Mugabe, the deeply divisive former president of Zimbabwe, was declared a “national hero” by the ruling Zanu-PF party on Friday, as preparations for his funeral got under way in the nation he ruled with an iron first for almost 40 years. The death of the…

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CFA and NAARC Present a Special Ron Brown Series Forum: Engaging Africa in the Global Reparations Movement

CFA and NAARC Present a Special Ron Brown Series Forum: Engaging Africa in the Global Reparations Movement

By Events, NAARC Posts, News & Current Affairs, Reparations

What: The Constituency for Africa (CFA), Mel Foote, President and The National African America Reparations Commission (NAARC), Dr. Ron Daniels, Convener Present A Special Ron Brown Series Forum “Engaging Africa in the Global Reparations Movement”.  Presentations by African Ambassadors, Members of the National African American Reparations Commission and Leaders from the Continental African Diaspora. Keynote Speaker, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor, University of the West Indies and Chairman, CARICOM Reparations…

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