Slavery was a national issue, but its legacy increasingly is being addressed by local officials. The mayors of nearly a dozen cities have pledged reparations programs. By Alan Greenblatt, Governing — Reparations for slavery come with a potentially huge price tag. Academic estimates for repaying the descendants of enslaved people for their labor, with interest, have run as high as $20 trillion. That’s before calculating any damages from Jim Crow laws…
IBW awarded MacArthur funds supporting an equitable recovery
$80 million to advance racial and ethnic justice
By Marcus Anthony Hunter, UCLA
A college town fired up reparations talk with $25K checks. Who's next?
By Shia Kapos
It’s Time for Reparations and Transitional Justice for African Americans
By Joyce Hope Scott
Why reparations are always about more than money
By Kerry Whigham
National Reparations Commission Endorses Evanston as a National Model
Final Assessment and Recommendations Released
Jamaica seeks billions of pounds from U.K. over slavery reparations
By Katherine Fung
The global reparations movement: The greatest political tide of the 21st century
CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC)
Why the Tulsa Race Massacre Is So Important to the Reparations Debate
11 U.S. Mayors Commit To Developing Pilot Projects For Reparations
NAARC praises Human Rights report — Says it will bolster reparations movement
Calling on white Americans: Reparations for slavery are due
By David Gardinier and Karen Hilfman
Press Conference: Faith Leaders Call on Congress to Pass HR-40
Streamed Live July 13, 2021
Communities across the country are talking about reparations. What about Kansas City?
UN rights boss urges 'wide range' of reparations over racism
What would reparations look like and why are they needed?
America’s first Black billionaire wants his reparations check, now
By Dion Rabouin
An open letter to Rolling Stone
By Nkechi Taifa
Reparations bill for Tulsa Race Massacre survivors introduced in Congress
By DeNeen L. Brown
A Black nonprofit got a 6-figure payment from someone whose family enslaved people
By Bill Chappell
Germany faced its horrible past. Can we do the same?
By Michele L. Norris
Did making “Juneteenth” a law open up a new door to Reparations?
By Thurston Renrick
Here’s what I tell teachers about how to teach young students about slavery
By Raphael E. Rogers
UN Rights Chief: Reparations needed for people facing racism
NAARC’s Preliminary 10 Point Reparations Program
A document for review, revision and adoption as a platform to guide the struggle for reparations for people of African descent in the U.S.
Seminary built on slavery and Jim Crow labor has begun paying reparations
By Will Wright
Tulsa Reparations proposal is part of a growing effort
By Joseph Lee
Tiffany Crutcher: What I told President Biden in Tulsa
As Juneteenth becomes a federal holiday, the US needs a culture of reparations
By Andre M. Perry and Rashawn Ray
California moves to consider reparations for slavery
By Don Thompson
White activist and group of progressives launch FFRN! initiative to support NAARC
City Council approves reparations resolution
An open Letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanding the passing of HR-40
Vantage Point by Dr. Ron Daniels
Trans-Generational Epigenetic Injury is the Cause of the Higher Black Deaths from COVID-19
By Kamm Howard
Reparations, Juneteenth bills explained by Sen. Cory Booker
Reparations Now: A White Man’s Appeal For America To Pay What Is Due
By Seth Cohen
US: Congress Should Pass Reparations Bill
‘Why We Can’t Wait’ Campaign Builds on Unprecedented Support for HR 40 to Address Racial Injustice.
How the long fight for slavery reparations is slowly being won
By Kris Manjapra
Reparations will cure the racial wealth gap
By Antonia Williams-Gary
AOC wants coronavirus ‘reparations’ for minority communities
Rapper T.I. Demands Lloyd’s of London Pay Reparations to Descendants of Slaves
BET founder calls for $14 trillion of reparations for slavery
California Black Caucus Chair Introduces “Reparations” Bill
'Why We Can't Wait' Danny Glover’s Statement in Support of HR-40
The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Demand for Reparations
A Statement by NAARC
Working on a National Plan for Reparations
NowThis releases a powerful video on HR-40 featuring interviews with Cong. Sheila Jackson Lee and Dr. Ron Daniels
There’s a black student loan-debt crisis and it needs an urgent solution. How about reparations?
Original Sins & Reparations
A discussion about reparations for Black Americans as an important part of rebuilding democracy in the U.S.
Panelists Make Case for Reparations at Harvard Event
The Faith Community Declares Reparations and HR-40 in an Overdue Season
Who Should Receive Reparations and In What Forms?
A major statement by NAARC with an addendum on the Coronavirus Pandemic
Lawmaker Wants to Open a Dialogue About Reparations in Md.
'This was supposed to be reparations' Why is LA's cannabis industry devastating black entrepreneurs?
Reparation bill becomes real as it heads to the house and senate
A Letter to President Macron: Reparations Before Restitution
Black Christian leaders push for slavery reparations
Can Reparations help us to re-envision international development?
Digital archives helping to preserve slave records
Democrat candidate in Mississippi calls for reparations
Notre Dame University hosts panel on reparations, reconciliation
Deval Patrick to unveil reparations as part of black economic agenda
San Francisco needs to establish a reparations fund
The movement to hijack Black identity and weaken Black unity. By Jessica Ann Mitchell Aiwuyor
Evanston Reparations panel looks toward expansion
Evanston outlines plan for reparations
- National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC)
- CBC 2015: NAARC Rolls out Preliminary 10-Point Plan
- Download NAARC’s Preliminary 10-Point Reparations Plan (PDF)
- 2015 Nat’l/Int’l Reparations Summit Final Communiqué
- N’COBRA HR 40 Primer — Seize the Time!
- CARICOM Reparations Ten-Point Plan
- CARICOM Reparations Commission Calls for a Marshall Plan for the Caribbean
- The CRR Media Conference on the British Treasury’s Slavery Loan
- H.R.40 – Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act (Congress.gov)
- M4BL Reparations Toolkit (PDF)
Featured Reparations Videos
September 7, 2020 — A Black Labor Day Forum “The Theft of Black Labor and Extraction of Black Wealth: How the Exploitation and Oppression of Black People Built Capitalist America – The Case for Reparations and HR-40”.
September 6, 2020 — A Labor Day Weekend Conversation on Reparations with the National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC). Hosted by Fund for Reparations NOW! (FFRN!).
Recent Reparations Posts
Recent reparations news and articles. View all reparations posts here.
SACRAMENTO, Calif.- Eleven U.S. mayors — from Los Angeles to tiny Tullahassee, Okla., — have pledged to pay reparations for slavery to a small group of Black residents in their cities, saying their aim is to set an example for the federal government on how a nationwide program could work. The mayors had no details on how much it would cost, who would pay for it or how people would be…
July 13, 2021, 10AM ET — Join faith leaders from various traditions as they call on Congress to pass H.R.40, a bill to study the legacy of slavery, its ongoing harms, and produce proposals for repair. Congress can make history by bringing this critical piece of legislation to the House floor. Join us as we tell legislators that Justice Can’t Wait! #HR40totheFLOOR #ReparationsNOW #RepairTheBreach Sponsors Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference (SDPC)…
In the 20th century, the country issued reparations for Japanese American internment, Native land seizures, massacres and police brutality. Will slavery be next? By Erin Blakemore, History — The papers were handed out one by one to the elderly recipients—most frail, some in wheelchairs. To some, it may have looked like a run-of-the-mill governmental ceremony with the usual federal fanfare. But to Norman Mineta, a California congressman and future Secretary…
From Germany to Georgetown, the Global North has a lot to learn about reckoning successfully with past human rights wrongs. By Kerry Whigham, The Conversation — Between 1904 and 1908, German soldiers and settler colonists killed about half of all Nama people and over 80% of the Herero ethnic group. On May 28, 2021, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas acknowledged that Germany committed genocide in what is today Namibia. Maas’ statement…
One program that benefited helps expose D.C. teenagers to nature, often for the first time. By Theresa Vargas, The Washington Post — The teenagers show up each Saturday to explore patches of nature in a city where it’s easy to forget so much greenery exists. Some of the middle-schoolers who come have grown up exploring the outdoors with relatives and learning the names of the wildlife around them. But most…
On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass gave a speech at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence, held at Rochester’s Corinthian Hall. —— Mr. President, Friends and Fellow Citizens: He who could address this audience without a quailing sensation, has stronger nerves than I have. I do not remember ever to have appeared as a speaker before any assembly more shrinkingly, nor with greater distrust of my…
Eugene city councilors looked at reparations efforts in other cities across the country and discussed possibilities in Eugene. By Leo Baudhuin, Eugene Weekly — One year after Black Lives Matter protests swept the country, the city of Eugene is beginning discussions about reparations — or making amends by paying or otherwise supporting people who have been harmed, often by systemic discrimination. Councilor Greg Evans, who put the issue forward to…
As a descendant of the Tulsa Race Massacre, I made the case for reparations. By Tiffany Crutcher, The Progressive — On June 1, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, President Joe Biden visited Tulsa’s historically Black Greenwood neighborhood. No other U.S. President had visited the site of one of the worst eruptions of racial violence in U.S. history, and Black people in Tulsa and around the nation anticipated…
The founder of BET is pushing a $14 trillion reparations proposal he says would provide enough to close the giant Black/white wealth gap. By Dion Rabouin, Vice — Robert L. Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television and America’s first Black billionaire, wants a check. He wants it from the government. And he wants it to come with an apology for slavery, Jim Crow, and hundreds of years of racism….