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Shepherd to speak on reparations at US conference

Published:Friday | September 22, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Professor Verene Shepherd

Professor Verene Shepherd, social historian and director of The University of the West Indies (UWI) Centre for Reparations Research, will present at the Reparations Issues Forum at the 47th Annual Legislative Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) in Washington, DC, tomorrow.

The forum will be hosted by Congressman John Conyers, author of H.R.40, the legislative bill that calls for the establishment of a commission to study the historical impacts of slavery on African Americans and for developing a reparations programme to remedy those negative impacts. Congressman Conyers is also Dean of the CBC and the longest-serving lawmaker in both houses of the US Congress.

"We welcome Professor Shepherd to this annual forum," said Dr Ron Daniels, moderator of the forum and convenor of the National African American Reparations Commission.

Shepherd will update the CBC forum on the establishment of the historic Centre for Reparations Research at the UWI, the first of its kind in the academy, to be officially launched on October 10.

In her capacity as a vice-chair of the CARICOM Reparations Commission and co-chair of the National Council on Reparation in Jamaica, Shepherd will also report on the reparatory justice movement in the region and the strategy being pursued by the CARICOM Reparations Commission through its ten-point action plan.

"Our responsibility at this year's CBC is not only to mobilise support for H.R.40 but also for the global reparations movement because we have not yet reached the mountain top, where justice and true freedom reside for all regardless of class, race, colour, origin, or gender," said Shepherd.