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Artists & Athletes for Reparations, in the tradition of Harry Belafonte and Arthur Ashe’s 1983 campaign, “Artists and Athletes against Apartheid,” is resurrecting the concept of a campaign to bring prominent visibility to an issue of great import – this time being recognition of the issue of reparations as a long overdue national reckoning of race in America.


I am Nana Malaya Rucker, the Cultural Arts and Celebrity Ambassador for the Reparation Education Project (REP).  REP is a non-profit organization that serves as a trusted expert resource on the issue of reparations to media, educators, non-profits, businesses, federal and city governments, and influencers, for People of African Descent in the USA, Caribbean and abroad.

For over 400 years Africans were forced to labor for free in the US and abroad. REPARATIONS IS AN ISSUE whose time has come!  

In 1983 Harry Belafonte and Arthur Ashe started a campaign called “Artists and Athletes against Apartheid.” This was a campaign that created a lot of momentum for the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa and led to the release of Nelson Mandela from prison.

I’m a Veteran Performing Artist, Director, Choreographer, Dancer, Actress and Storyteller. Some of you know me as a “Celebrity Mom,” mother of Lamman Rucker, Star Actor of Oprah Winfrey’s Network “Greenleaf” and Tyler Perry’s film, “Why Did I Get Married” and television series “Meet the Browns.” Our Family has a legacy of being artists, educators, and activists.

Now, a new National Campaign is being implemented called “ARTISTS AND ATHLETES FOR REPARATIONS” (AAR), bringing visibility to an issue long overdue.


Let’s Continue the Legacy of Artist as Activist and Give this Issue the MOMENTUM it needs by endorsing the following statement:


Erika Alexander, Actress

Lamman Rucker, Actor

Etan Thomas, Athlete

Ayanna Gregory, Performing Artist

"It is now time!"

Nana Malaya, Artist

Afi Soul, Singer/Song Writer/Performance Artist 

"For 100s of years we were forced into oppression and servitude. It’s time to repay the people whose backs many nations were built!"

Freedome Nsoroma Lee-E, Songbird, Visionary Artist/Educator/Entrepreneur

"Reparations is a humanitarian issue of great magnitude, where we. who have been wronged are able to choose for ourselves what we need  and want to heal and reestablish self, our communities and, in this case, our entire African (Black) family worldwide, without the guidance or influence of outsiders." 

Nana Malaya Rucker

The Dancing Diplomat
Celebrity Ambassador

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