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Prospective students tour Georgetown University's campus in Washington., DC.

American Schools with Historical Ties to Slavery Consider Reparations

By Reparations

The Associated Press — American colleges and universities are increasingly discussing the idea of reparations linked to their historical ties to slavery. Until now, schools have created monuments, changed building names and issued public apologies – instead of providing money. But Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and two other colleges recently announced financial commitments to people whose ancestors were slaves. The year 2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first slave, in…

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School Books

Why Colleges Need a Required Class in African American History

By Editors' Choice

By David Barber, HNN — Just before the Thanksgiving break, flyers appeared on the University of Tennessee at Martin campus asking if students were “PROUD TO BE WHITE?” and suggesting that if they were, they should “Contact Like-Minded People” – giving a website address. A second flyer read, “HEY, WHITE MAN … JUST WHAT IS IT GONNA TAKE TO GET YOU TO FIGHTBACK?” Under this headline the flyer depicted in…

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Sydney Labat, 24, and 14 of her Tulane University classmates posed at the Whitney Plantation in Wallace, La.

Med students send message with plantation photo: We are our ancestors’ wildest dreams

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More than a dozen medical students from Tulane University posed at the former slave quarters in the hopes of inspiring others. By Mohammed Syed and Suzanne Ciechalski — It wasn’t by chance that more than a dozen black medical students dressed in white coats and posed outside the slave quarters of a Louisiana plantation. Russell Ledet and classmates from Tulane University planned the trip and photos at the Whitney Plantation…

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Jesuit statue - Georgetown University campus in Washington.

Reparations mark new front for US colleges tied to slavery

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By Carolyn Thompson, AP News — BUFFALO, N.Y. — The promise of reparations to atone for historical ties to slavery has opened new territory in a reckoning at U.S. colleges, which until now have responded with monuments, building name changes and public apologies. Georgetown University and two theological seminaries have announced funding commitments to benefit descendants of the enslaved people who were sold or toiled to benefit the institutions. While…

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Clockwise from top left: Michael Drake, president of Ohio State University; Elizabeth Alexander, president of the Mellon Foundation; Cecilia Conrad, a managing director at the MacArthur Foundation; and Henry Louis Gates Jr., a professor at Harvard.Credit...

Black Scholars Are Not ‘Rare Creatures’

By Commentaries/Opinions

When Purdue’s president said this, I had to respond because this myth is so pervasive. By G. Gabrielle Starr, The New York Times — In late November, the president of Purdue University, Mitch Daniels, told students that he will soon “be recruiting one of the rarest creatures in America — a leading, I mean a really leading, African-American scholar.” “Creatures?” a student asked. “Come on.” “It’s a figure of speech. You must have taken some literature,”…

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Georgetown University

Higher Ed Institutions Wrestle With Reparations and Repentance

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By Sara Weissman, Diverse — Georgetown University recently announced that it would fundraise $400,000 a year to benefit the descendants of 247 slaves sold by the school’s Jesuit founders in 1833, after students voted to make a reparations fund in April. The money will go toward funding community projects like schools and health clinics for the over 4,000 living descendants. The official decision, publicized last week, comes on the heels…

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BSU and CSA presented videos by Marianne Williamson and Dr. Umar Johnson speaking about reparations. The reparations discussion was held at Student Union on Thursday.

University at Buffalo students weigh in on reparations for slavery

By Reparations

Black Student Union and the Caribbean Student Association lead discussion about reparations on Thursday. By Julian Roberts-Grmela, UB Spectrum — Jeffery Clinton says he can’t forgive or forget the injustices his family and community endured throughout U.S. history. Clinton, a senior English and African American studies major and president of the African American Studies Academic Association, is a descendant of slaves. Clinton’s great-grandfather acquired a “considerable” amount of property in…

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Georgetown University

Will America’s Universities Point The Way Towards Reparations For Slavery?

By Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

By Evan Gerstmann, Forbes — Georgetown University recently announced that it plans to raise around $400,000 a year to pay for reparations. They would go to the descendants of enslaved people who were exploited by Jesuit plantations and who were eventually sold to bring revenue to the university. A number of other universities, including Princeton Theological Seminary, have also announced plans for reparations. The moral case for reparations is easy to grasp….

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Princeton Theological Seminary.

$27M for slavery reparations ‘not enough,’ Princeton seminary students say. They want $120M more.

By Reparations

By Kelly Heyboer — Princeton Theological Seminary pledged last week to use $27.6 million of its endowment to pay reparations for the school’s historic ties to slavery, believed to be the largest amount ever paid by a school to atone for benefiting from the slave trade. The school’s black student association says it’s “a great start, but not enough.” The Association of Black Seminarians at Princeton Theological Seminary — a student…

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Howard University

Howard University Ideas Symposium Features Candid Conversation on Reparations

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By Brandon Oliver, Howard University — On Friday, October 11, 2019, Howard University held the HU Ideas Symposium in the School of Business Auditorium as a part of the lineup of events for Howard’s Homecoming. The symposium was moderated by chair of the Howard University King Lecture Series and former interim chairperson of the Democratic National Committee, Donna Brazile, and featured a panel of speakers who had a robust discussion on…

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