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Nkechi Taifa's TEDxTalk
REPARATIONS: An Issue Whose Time Has Come
Reparations for Black people, once fringe, has now captured the imagination of faith, academic and civic groups, as well as corporations, cities, states, and the federal government. Taifa's powerful TEDx talk, sprinkled with a personal journey, also describes ongoing legacies from the enslavement era visible today. The talk shows unequivocally that reparations is an issue whose time has come, and fundamental to a long-overdue national reckoning of race in America.
The Reparation Education Project (REP), a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, supports the escalating movement for reparations as a resource for those exploring historical and current information and analysis on reparations. Led by one of the most knowledgeable and longest-serving experts on the issue in the country, REP partners with allied organizations that are part of the diverse racial justice ecosystem and brings added value to reparatory justice initiatives around the country.
The Reparation Education Project specializes in presentations and trainings on reparations to non-profit organizations, federal, state, and municipal government, educational and religious institutions, businesses and celebrity influencers, philanthropy, and private estates. REP also serves as a trusted advisor and strategic thought partner and brings to the table indispensable capacities for successful cross-sector collaboration.
The groundswell of attention to repairing the traumas and inequities of the past through reparations is mushrooming. The REP is well-positioned with the requisite history, expertise, and experience to both deepen and accelerate the movement forward as part of the exciting and escalating national and international reparations conversation.
MODERN ERA REPARATION MOVEMENT INFLUENCERS
Queen Mother Moore -
Mother of the
The late, great Queen Mother Audley Moore was one of the most prolific proponents of reparations for African-descended people in the United States and throughout the world. Known as the mother of the modern-era reparations movement, she worked closely with Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association, was a founder of the Universal Association of Ethiopian Women, the Committee for Reparations for Descendants of U.S. Slaves, and the Republic of New Afrika, to name a few.
Queen Mother Moore was a staunch supporter of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America, and influenced leaders such as Nelson and Winnie Mandela, Rosa Parks, Imari Obadele, Jesse Jackson and countless others.
President Imari Obadele -
Father of the
While Queen Mother Moore is heralded as the Mother of the Modern-Era Reparations movement, President Imari Obadele has been signaled as its Father. Although largely erased from mainstream history, Obadele was the leading theoretician behind the 1968 establishment of the Provisional Government of the Republic of New Afrika, which called for the creation of a sovereign Black nation-state to encompass five states in the deep south, along with the payment of reparations for the enslavement era and subsequent inhumane atrocities against Black people.
He was the visionary behind the creation of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America in 1987, which led to today’s mainstreaming of the reparations movement in the U.S.
Congressman John Conyers- first introduced H.R. 40 Bill
Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 52 years, nearly one-fifth of the House’s entire existence. In 1989, on the heels of the Civil Liberties Act which granted reparations to Japanese Americans for their unjust incarceration during World War II, Congressman Conyers introduced what later became known as H.R. 40 – the Commission to study and develop reparation proposals for African Americans Act.
His role and contribution to advancing the issue of reparations in the U.S. has been exceptional. Year after year he has introduced H.R. 40 and, upon his retirement in 2017, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is continuing his tradition, which now enjoys more co-sponsors than ever in history.
When passed, H.R.40 will provide the mechanism through which to have a public policy conversation about the long-overdue issue of reparations in the Congress of the United States.
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee - Current H.R. 40 Lead Sponsor
“Sheila Jackson Lee(D-TX) is an influential and forceful voice in Washington, representing the 18th Congressional District in Texas. Upon the retirement of Congressman John Conyers, Jackson Lee assumed the lead sponsorship of H.R. 40, speaking forcefully across the country in support of the legislation, and successfully gaining more co-sponsors than any in its over three decade-history.”
Photo credit: People’s Organization for Progress
PUBLICATIONS & ARTICLES
Reparations on Fire by Nkechi Taifa explores the spread of the reparation movement’s multiple fronts, encompassing the local, national, and international arenas, much of it occurring in 2020 and 2021. What is new? What does the international and national tell us about the local and what does the local tell us about the other two? Is the reparations movement now starting local and trickling up and out? What about the role of other culpable entities outside of government, such as academic and religious institutions, and corporations, industries, and private estates?
This book exists because of both the promise and danger of this moment, and because of the rapidly spreading momentum across the country on the issue.
Selected Reparations Presentations with REP Director