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It’s an idea that has stirred controversy over the years: reparations to Americans harmed by U.S. government policies such as slavery and internment.

On Saturday, Gesu Catholic Church’s Beloved Community on Detroit’s west side will hold a teach-in on advocating for reparations. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gesu School Social Hall on Quincy Street at McNichols.

“Financial amendments to African Americans and Japanese Americans is an incredibly divisive topic,” said Sister Angela Hibbard, IHM “Who better than a church to connect the dots of faith, facts and fairness?”

The keynote address, “From Racial Reconciliation to Reparations: a dialogue” will be given by Dr. Jim Perkins and Pastor Brian Ellison. Other speakers include Jo Ann Watson on the history, politics and legislation, Dr. Peter Hammer on legal issues surrounding the topic, Dr. Jim Perkins and Dr. Lily Mendoza on the economics realities and future ramifications, followed by a panel discussion.

According to a news release, the Beloved Community at Gesu Catholic Church has its roots in the parish’s anti-racism team that was active in the 1980s. The term “Beloved Community,” comes from a speech given by Dr. Martin Luther King on April 15, 1960 in Raleigh N.C., which said, “Resistance and nonviolence are not in themselves good. There is another element that must be present in our struggle that then makes our resistance and nonviolence truly meaningful. That element is reconciliation. Our ultimate end must be the creation of the beloved community.”

To register or for information, contact Sr. Angela Hibbard at or 313-862-4400.


IBW21 (The Institute of the Black World 21st Century) is committed to enhancing the capacity of Black communities in the U.S. and globally to achieve cultural, social, economic and political equality and an enhanced quality of life for all marginalized people.