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Healing and Reconciliation: HR-40 and the Promise of Reparations for African Americans

On June 19, 2019 (Juneteenth) the National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) held a national forum to discuss reparations and the impact of slavery and its legacy.

The forum “Healing and Reconciliation: HR-40 and the Promise of Reparations for African Americans”, took place at the Historical Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, DC, immediately following the important and historic Congressional hearing on HR-40, bill to form a commission to study and develop reparation proposals.

Panelists and speakers to included Rev. Dr. William Lamar, Jeffery Robinson, Dr. Ron Daniels, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Danny Glover, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Kamm Howard, Atty. Nkechi Taifa, Dr. Iva Carruthers, Nana Dr. Patricia Newton, Katrina Browne and others.

The National African American Reparations Commission (#NAARC) and The American Civil Liberties Union (#ACLU) present a national forum - Healing and Reconciliation, #HR40 and the Promise of #Reparations for African Americans


1:10 – 1:15

Welcome: Rev. Dr. William Lamar, Senior Pastor, Metropolitan AME Church

1:15 – 1:20

Overview and Purpose: Jeffery Robinson, Deputy Legal Director and Director of the ACLU Justice and Equality Center

1:20 – 1:30

Remarks and Introduction of HR-40 Panelists: Dr. Ron Daniels, President, Institute of the Black World 21st Century, Convener, National African American Reparations Commission

1:30 – 2:15

Facilitated Discussion — The Vision and Meaning of HR-40
Moderator: Dr. Ron Daniels

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Lead Sponsor, HR-40
Danny Glover, U.N. Ambassador, U.N Decade for People of African Descent
Kamm Howard, National Co-Chairperson, National Coalition for Reparations for African Americans (NCOBRA)
Nkechi Taifa, Civil Rights/Human Rights Attorney, President, The Taifa Group Consulting

2:30 – 3:25

Facilitated Discussion – Remembering, Reflecting and Reparations
Moderator: Jeffery Robinson

Video Presentation: From the upcoming documentary film, Who We Are, A Chronicle of Racism In America, a clip: Too Successful To Be A Negro

Dr. Iva Carruthers, General Secretary, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference
Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Political Economist, Author, President Emeritus, Bennett College for Women
Nana Dr. Patricia Newton, CEO, Black Psychiatrists of America.
Katrina Browne, Producer/Editor of Traces of the Trade, a documentary from the “deep North” that tells the story of her forebears who were among the largest slave traders in New England and the nation.

3:25 – 3:30

Introduction of Keynote Presenter: Dr. Ron Daniels

3:30 – 4:10

Keynote Presentation – Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor/President, University of the West Indies and Chairman, CARICOM Reparations Commission
HR-40 and the State of the U.S. and Global Reparations Movement

4:10 – 4:30

Closing Statements and the Charge
Dr. Ron Daniels
Jeffery Robinson


The National African American Reparations Commission is comprised of an assembly of distinguished scholars, civil rights, human rights, faith, labor, business and professional leaders committed to advancing the multigenerational quest for reparations for African Americans. For more info -