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Leading Civil Liberties Groups Reaffirm Support for H.R. 40 and Put Weight Behind Series of Forums – Starting in South Carolina – Focused on Reparations


The National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will host the second event in a series aimed at furthering the passage of H.R. 40. Co-sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, it will take place at the historic Gaillard Center in Charleston, SC.

The South Carolina event will serve as the follow-up to the first event in Washington, D.C., on Juneteenth, held immediately after Congressional hearings on the subject. The series is being convened in conjunction with a dramatic surge in interest and support for H.R. 40, legislation introduced by Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee that would establish a commission to examine the institution of slavery and its legacy and make recommendations for reparations to Congress. NAARC and the ACLU selected Charleston due to the city’s deep relationship to slavery, along with its connection to vibrant African American institutions and communities. Future forums for 2020 will be announced later in the year at locations with similar historical significance.

“NAARC welcomes the opportunity to partner with the ACLU to create greater public awareness about H.R. 40 and the necessity of reparations to repair the harm inflicted on Black people by enslavement and post-emancipation racially exclusionary policies” said Dr. Ron Daniels, Convener, National African American Reparations Commission. “Reparations are not just about a superficial payment to Black people, it’s about remedies that will heal Black communities as a whole.”

In May of 2019, the ACLU formally announced the support of reparations to African Americans for the practices and vestiges of slavery.

“Our country was built on the polluted bedrock of slavery. We will not be at our strongest until that pollution is fully understood and cleaned, and our system of democracy repaired,” said ACLU deputy legal director Jeffery Robinson. “The type of detailed study proposed in H.R. 40 has never been done, and it remains the only mechanism to fully achieve a fair and just solution on the issue of reparations.


Saturday, November 2
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET
Participants will be available to media from 12:15 – 1 p.m. ET


Among other esteemed leaders, participants include:

  • Dr. Ron Daniels, Convener, National African American Reparations Commission
  • Jeffery Robinson, Deputy Legal Director, Director of the Trone Center for Justice and Equality, National ACLU
  • Nana Dr. Patricia Newton, CEO, Black Psychiatrist of America
  • Montague Simmons, Movement for Black Lives Reparations Policy Table
  • Kamm Howard, National Co-Chairperson, National Coalition for Reparations for African Americans (NCOBRA)
  • Nkechi Taifa, Esq., Civil Rights/Human Rights Attorney
  • Dr. Iva Carruthers, General Secretary, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference
  • Jasiri X, Hip-hop artist/activist


Charleston Gaillard Center
95 Calhoun St., Charleston, SC


The event is free and open to the public.

Registration Closed


Media interested in covering should RSVP to Brandon Cox,

The ACLU’s blog series on reparations is online here:

For more information on the National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC) —


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 -