As the historic system of racism in the United States continues to lay a path of destruction through our present, the subject of reparations for slavery and subsequent laws that discriminated against African Americans have begun, with social justice activists widely supporting such measures and the US House of Representatives holding a hearing on the subject in 2019 - the first time in over a decade.
As more public awareness is paid to this issue - particularly given the recent widespread protests opposing police brutality against African Americans - this webinar will consider what an effective truth and justice commission in America might look like? What lessons can be learned from similar processes in South Africa, Latin America and elsewhere? In addition to reparations - which might include institutional reform, scholarships for African American children, symbolic measures - what other transitional justice tools, such as a public truth-telling project, could support this process?
This session will be moderated by Ereshnee Naidu-Silverman, Senior Director of Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation.
Jamira Burley, Speaker, Social Justice Advocate and Next-Gen Social Mission Consultant
Karine Duhamel, Curator, Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Terrie Freeman, President, National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, TN