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November 18, 2017

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A Question of Payback: Reparations for Slavery
Last Featured: 5/21/2001

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Overview

In this edition of Justice Talking, we`ll debate whether the U. S. government owes reparations to African Americans for slavery and its legacy of discrimination. Perhaps you`ve heard the expression, 40 acres and a mule. For more than a century, that phrase has permeated discussions about reparations for slavery, however, the legendary promise of land to liberated slaves made after the Civil War never materialized. In the years since, an increasing number of African American activists and academics have worked to build a reparations movement but the campaign has also attracted the attention of opponents who believe reparations for blacks would be impractical and divisive.


Guests
Adjoa Aiyetoro is a long-time social justice activist who serves as legal consultant to the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America, also known as N-COBRA. Ms. Aiyetoro is the former director of administration for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and the former director of the National Conference of Black Lawyers. From 1982 to 1993, she was a prisoner rights attorney with the National Prison Project of the ACLU. She is an adjunct professor at American UniversityÇs Washington College of Law where she has taught courses on the legal issues surrounding reparations.

Robert Sedler is a professor of law at Wayne State University Law School where he teaches courses in constitutional law and conflict of laws. Professor Sedler has litigated a large number of civil rights cases in Michigan and other parts of the country. In 1985, he was named a Gershenson Distinguished Faculty Fellow at Wayne State and has received the Presidential Award from the Detroit Branch of the NAACP and the Bernard Godfrey Bill of Rights Day Award from the Metropolitan Detroit American Civil Liberties Union.

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"Equity speaks softly and wins in the end but it is expedience with its loud voice that sets the time of victory."

— Caroline Byrd

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