Howard University Teams Up With Columbia Uinversity to Explore the Issue of Reparations


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Historically Black Howard University in Washinton, D.C. has teamed up with Columbia University in New York City to form the U.S. African American Redress Network. The Redress Network aims to better understand how communities are addressing historic racial transgressions. It also expects to increase awareness of redress efforts across different regions and fields such as activism, academia, and policy-making. The organizers of the new initiative state that there is much more work to be done to untangle centuries of injustice thereby dismantling systems and a culture that perpetuate oppression. There has been exponential growth in local organizations pursuing reparations in various ways that provide good examples for academia. In return, academics can help organizations by providing activists with the knowledge of how the law and social sciences can inform their work. The project is open to those interested in joining efforts and aims to closely facilitate collaboration through online exchanges. “Though reparation is not a new topic, the time is now to pursue racial justice by combining advocacy and scholarship in support of social justice movements,” said Elazar Barkan, director of the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University. “The Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center at Howard...