Black Reparations

Modeling his bill after the Japanese American bill, Congressman John Conyers introduced HR 40 in 1989 to study the issue ofreparations for African Americans; however, this bill has sat in the Judiciary Committee year after year and has never been heard. Todaythere are over 200 organizations supporting some form of reparations for Blacks. According to Dr. David Horne, a professor at California State University, Northridge and the Executive Director of the California African American Political Institute, the movement is broadeningbut must involve more of the Black churches and youth to be successful. At a recent meeting with NCRR, Dr. Horne shared that hisorganization, Reparations United Front, is calling for “respect and dignity” and seeks to unite these groups into one movement.