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On April 14, 2021, the House Judiciary Committee voted to send the H.R. 40 – Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act to the floor of the House of Representatives. Leaders crafting the national strategy to pass H.R. 40 met to discuss the historic Judiciary Committee vote, what it means, and next actions in the effort to make H.R. 40 law.

This online event was hosted in partnership with the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations In America and the National Black Cultural Information Trust. See Video Below

Moderated by

  • Matsimela Mapfumo (Rev. Mark Thompson) – Member of N’COBRA, the National African American Reparations Commission and the Black Church PAC
  • Jessica Ann Mitchell Aiwuyor – Founder of the National Black Cultural Information Trust


  • Kamm Howard – National Co-chair, N’COBRA
  • Kenniss Henry – Chairperson, N’COBRA Legislative Committee
  • Rev. Dr. JoAnn Watson – Senior Pastor of West Side Unity Church
  • Dr. Raymond Winbush – Director of the Institute for Urban Research
  • Atty Nkechi Taifa – Founder, Principal and CEO of The Taifa Group LLC
  • Dr. Ron Daniels – Convener, NAARC President, IBW 21st Century
  • Dr. Greg Kimathi Carr – Chair African American Studies, Howard University
  • Dreisen Heath – Assistant Researcher, Racial Justice, Human Rights Watch



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.