The House Judiciary Committee Hearing’s session on Reparations (H.R. 40 and the Path to Restorative Justice) [live video & on-demand video]

Washington, D.C. – On June 19th at 10:00 a.m., the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties’ hearing on H.R. 40, the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act. The purpose of the hearing is to examine, through open and constructive discourse, the legacy of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, its continuing impact on the community and the path to restorative justice.

Witnesses:

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Distinguished Writer in Residence, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University

Danny Glover, Actor and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for the U.N. Decade for People of African Descent

Katrina Browne, Documentarian: Traces of the Trade

Rt. Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, Episcopal Bishop of Maryland

Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Economist and Political Commentator

Professor Eric J. Miller, Loyola Marymount University

Date: 19 June 2019

Background:

H.R. 40, the “Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act,” would create a commission to study the history of slavery in the United States and in the American colonies from 1619 to 1865; the role of the federal and state governments in supporting slavery; federal and state laws that discriminated against the descendants of African slaves; other forms of discrimination against the descendants of African slaves; and the lingering effects of slavery on African Americans. The commission would also make recommendations as to appropriate ways to educate the American public about its findings.

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