The Growing Demand for Reparations
Juneteenth Forum to Address COVID-19, Killing of Black People
National Commission Seeks to Advance HR-40

[ Press Release ]

Juneteenth Forum to Address COVID-19, Killing of Black People, Reparations and HR-40New York, NY — The National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC) announced that the commission will convene its premier National Virtual Forum on Juneteenth/June 19th, the African American holiday which commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. The theme for the Forum is – Juneteenth, COVID 19 and the Killings of Black People: Advancing the Demand for Reparations and HR-40.

Joy Reid, immensely popular Host of AM JOY on MSNBC, will moderate a conversation with Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor/President of the University of the West Indies and Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission and Dr. Ron Daniels, President of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century and Convener of the National African American Reparations Commission.

Other featured presenters include Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, the lead Sponsor for HR-40, the Congressional Bill that would establish a Commission to Study Reparations Proposals for African Americans; Rev. William Barber, Co-Founder of the Poor People’s Campaign; Nkechi Taifa, Esq., Human Rights Attorney, President, Taifa Group Consulting; Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Political Economist, President Emeritus, Bennett College for Women; Montague Simmons, Movement for Black Lives Policy Table; Jeffery Robinson, Deputy Legal Director, ACLU; Alderman Robin Rue Simmons, Evanston, Illinois; Ronnie Galvin, Vice-President, Equity and the Democratic Economy, Democracy Collaborative; Kamm Howard, National Co-Chairperson, National Coalition for Reparations for African Americans (N’COBRA); Dr. Iva Carruthers, General Secretary, Samuel DeWitt Proctor, Conference; and Pastor Michael McBride, Director of Urban Initiatives and Live Free Campaign, Faith in Action.

Rev. Robert Turner, Pastor of the Historic Vernon AME Church in Tulsa, one of the few remaining structures from the Tulsa Massacre and destruction of Black Wall Street, has been invited to speak to the outrage generated by President Trump’s decision to stage a MAGA Campaign Rally in Tulsa during the Juneteenth Holiday season.

Cultural/Inspirational Expressions will be presented by Written Quincey, Spoken Word Artist; Jasiri X, hip hop Activist and Founder, 1Hood Media Center. Ayanna Gregory, Educator and Human Rights Activist will perform the Black National Anthem and South African National Anthem. Rev. Mark Thompson, Host of Make It Plain Podcast and Yvette Modestin, Founder and Executive Director, Encuentro Diaspora, will Moderate the Forum.

Commenting on the purpose for the Juneteenth Forum, Dr. Ron Daniels said: “We are delighted to have assembled such a stellar line-up of leaders dedicated to advancing the quest for reparations and the passage of HR-40. It is also important for the public to be aware that the National African American Reparations Commission has been established with a 10 Point Program that can serve as a point of reference and guide for the rapidly growing reparations movement.”

Queen Mother Moore
Dedicated to the memory of Queen Mother Audley Moore

About the National African American Reparations Commission

Established in April, 2015, the National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC) is a group of distinguished professionals from across the country with outstanding accomplishments in the fields of law, medicine, journalism, academia, history, civil rights and social justice advocacy.

They are united in a common commitment to fight for reparatory justice, compensation and restoration of African American communities that were plundered by the historical crimes of slavery, segregation and colonialism and that continue to be victimized by the legacies of slavery and American apartheid.

Convenor of the NAARC is Dr. Ron Daniels, veteran civil and human rights activist and Distinguished Lecturer Emeritus, York College, City University of New York.

NAARC Members

Honorary Members ▼

Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright
Pastor Emeritus, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, IL

Professor Charles Ogletree
Executive Director Emeritus, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Harvard University,
Boston, MA

Standing Members ▼

Adjo Adjaka
Independent International Consultant, Sterling, VA

Lionel Jean Baptiste
Cook County Circuit Court Judge, Chicago, IL

Dr. Iva Carruthers
General Secretary, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Chicago, IL

Bill Fletcher
Labor and Social Justice Activist, former President, Trans-Africa Forum, Washington, DC

Dr. V.P. Franklin
Editor, Journal of African American History, New Orleans, LA

Justin Hansford, Esq.
Executive Director, Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center, Washington, DC

Kamm Howard
National Co-Chairperson, National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations In America, Chicago, IL

Dr. Joyce King 
Benjamin E. Mays Endowed Chair for Urban Teaching, Learning and Leadership, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

Dr. Julianne Malveaux
Political Economist and President Emeritus, Bennett College for Women, Washington, DC

Yvette Modestin
Founder and Executive Director, Encuentro Diaspora and IBW Board Member, Boston, MA

Nana Dr. Patricia Newton
CEO, Black Psychiatrists of America, Baltimore, MD

Montague Simmons
Co-Chairperson, M4BLs Reparations Policy Table, St. Louis, MO

Atty. Nkechi Taifa
Criminal Justice Reform and Reparations Activist, Washington, DC

Rev. Mark Thompson
Social and Political Activist, Radio Talk Show Host, New York, NY

Rev. Dr. Robert Turner
Pastor of the Historic Vernon AME Church, Tulsa, OK

Rev. JoAnn Watson
Former Detroit City Councilwoman, Detroit, MI

Dr. E. Faye Williams
President/CEO, National Congress of Black Women, Washington, DC

Jasiri X
Hip Hop, Activist, Founder of 1Hood Media Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Convening & Administration ▼

Dr. Ron Daniels
President, Institute of the Black World 21st Century, New York, NY

Don Rojas
Director of Communications, Institute of the Black World 21st Century, Baltimore, MD

Latest NAARC Posts

Below you’ll find the most recent posts from the NAARC post category.

Rev. Dr. Robert Turner

Rev. Dr. Robert Turner Appointed to National Reparations Commission

By NAARC Posts, News & Current Affairs, Press Releases / Statements, Reparations

Keeping the Tulsa Massacre on the National Agenda. New York, June 25, 2020 — Dr. Ron Daniels, Convener of the National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC), announced today that Rev. Dr. Robert Turner, Pastor of the Historic Vernon AME Church in the Greenwood/Black Wall Street Community of Tulsa, has been appointed to the Commission. Vernon AME Church was a proud beacon of hope in the community that came to be…

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June 19, 2020 7PM EST — The National AFrican American Reparations Commission (NAARC) invites you to a Juneteenth Virtual Forum titled "COVID-19 and the Killings of Black People, Advancing the Demand for Reparations and HR-40".

Juneteenth Forum to Address COVID-19, Killing of Black People, Reparations and HR-40

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Events, NAARC Posts, News & Current Affairs, Reparations

June 19, 2020 7PM EST — The National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC) invites you to a Juneteenth Virtual Forum titled “COVID-19 and the Killings of Black People, Advancing the Demand for Reparations and HR-40”. Help spread the word We need you to spread the word and help keep the conversation on reparatory justice in the forefront. Please use the buttons below to share this event via email, Facebook, Twitter…

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The Tulsa Massacre and Destruction of Black Wall Street: The Case for Reparations and HR 40

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

Sunday, May 31, 2020  — The National African Reparations Commission (NAARC), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) hosted a virtual forum with leaders from around the country to discuss one of the most important issues critical to the pursuit of racial justice in America. Many Americans learned about the Tulsa massacre when it was dramatized on the HBO superhero series Watchmen. To the people who lost…

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“We’re Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired”. The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Demand for Reparations. A Statement by the National African American Reparations Commission

The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Demand for Reparations

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), NAARC Posts, News & Current Affairs, Press Releases / Statements, Reparations

A Statement by the National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC) — The novel Coronavirus Pandemic has revealed the longstanding disparities in health conditions for African Americans in the United States. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she was “shocked” and “disturbed” upon learning that black Chicagoans, who make up 30 percent of the city’s residents, accounted for 70 percent of the fatalities. “Those numbers take your breath away,” she declared. These…

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Who Should Receive Reparations and In What Forms? A major statement by the National African American Reparations Commission with an addendum on the Coronavirus pandemic.

Who Should Receive Reparations and In What Forms?

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), NAARC Posts, News & Current Affairs, Press Releases / Statements, Reparations

A major statement by the National African American Reparations Commission with an addendum on the Coronavirus Pandemic. The National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC) is convened by the Institute of the Black World 21st Century and serves as a vehicle, among others, to intensify, broaden and deepen the Reparations Movement in the U.S. The Commission is comprised of leading African American activists, scholars, professionals and experts in the fields of…

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A Debt Unpaid: Attny Nkechi Taifa’s Speech on Reparations at Howard University School of Law

By Editors' Choice, NAARC Posts, Reparations, Video/Audio

January 30, 2020 — Attny. Nkechi Taifa, a NAARC commissioner, recently delivered a keynote address entitled “A Debt Unpaid” at the Howard University School of Law. Her reparations talk was hosted by Prof. Justin Hansford, executive director of the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center at Howard. Prof. Hansford is also a commissioner of the National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC).

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Fund for Reparations Now

White activist and group of progressives launch FFRN! initiative to support NAARC

By NAARC Posts, News & Current Affairs, Press Releases / Statements, Reparations

White Activist and Group of Progressives Launch “Fund for Reparations Now” Will Support the National African American Reparations Commission. Los Angeles, CA — As support for reparations for the descendants of enslaved Africans in America continues to build momentum across the country, David Gardinier, a Los Angeles-based racial justice activist, has assembled a group of like-minded White progressives to launch the Fund for Reparations Now (FFRN). The objective of this…

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