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400 Years Initiative

400 Years: Reparations Dialogue

The 400 Years Reparations Dialogue will be happening virtually on Februrary 19, 2020 from 5:30pm - 7pm. The virtual access link is here. Here are some suggested resources if you're interested in learning more about reparations.


William A. Darity Jr., Samuel DuBois Cook Distinguished Professor of Public Policy at Duke University, speaking about global reparations at the 1619 Project at the Smithsonian, October 2019. Watch here

Katrina Forrester, "Reparations, History, and the Origins of Global Justice," Empire, Race, and Global Justice, February 2019. Read here [PDF].

Matthew Evans, David Wilkins, "Transformative Justice, Reparations and Transatlantic Slavery," Social & Legal Studies, December 2017. Read here*.

David Lyons, "Reparations for Slavery and Jim Crow, Its Assumptions and Implications," Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Race, 2016. Read here.

Ta-Nehisi Coates, "The Case for Reparations," The Atlantic, June 2014. Read here.

Maxine Burkett, "Climate Reparations," Melbourne Journal of International Law, 2009. Read here [PDF].

Jonathan Kaplan and Andrew Vails, "Housing Discrimination as a Basis for Black Reparations," Public Affairs Quarterly, July 2007. Read here [PDF]. Bonus: Gene Demby, "Housing Segregation in Everything," April 2018. Watch here.

Marthia Biondi, "The Rise of the Reparations Movement," Radical History Review, Fall 2003. Read here*.


Looking for more? Try search terms like "slavery reparations" "transitional justice" or "historical redress."

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