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This Feb. 18, 2005, file photo shows the original Emancipation Proclamation on display in the Rotunda of the National Archives in Washington. President Abraham Lincoln first issued the Emancipation Proclamation declaring all slaves free in Confederate territory on Sept. 22, 1862.
By The Skanner News
Published: 18 June 2020

The National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC) announced today that the commission will convene its premier National Virtual Forum on Juneteenth/June 19th, the African American holiday which commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. The theme for the Forum is – Juneteenth, COVID 19 and the Killings of Black People: Advancing the Demand for Reparations and HR-40. The forum is scheduled for 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST (4:00 PM PT).

Joy Reid, immensely popular Host of AM JOY on MSNBC, will moderate a conversation with Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor/President of the University of the West Indies and Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission and Dr. Ron Daniels, President of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century and Convener of the National African American Reparations Commission.

Other featured presenters include Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, the lead Sponsor for HR-40, the Congressional Bill that would establish a Commission to Study Reparations Proposals for African Americans; Rev. William Barber, Co-Founder of the Poor People’s Campaign; Nkechi Taifa, Esq., Human Rights Attorney, President, Taifa Group Consulting; Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Political Economist, President Emeritus, Bennett College for Women; Montague Simmons, Movement for Black Lives Policy Table; Jeffery Robinson, Deputy Legal Director, ACLU; Alderman Robin Rue Simmons, Evanston, Illinois; Ronnie Galvin, Vice-President, Equity and the Democratic Economy, Democracy Collaborative; Kamm Howard, National Co-Chairperson, National Coalition for Reparations for African Americans (N’COBRA); Dr. Iva Carruthers, General Secretary, Samuel DeWitt Proctor, Conference; and Pastor Michael McBride, Director of Urban Initiatives and Live Free Campaign, Faith in Action.

Rev. Robert Turner, Pastor of the Historic Vernon AME Church in Tulsa, one of the few remaining structures from the Tulsa Massacre and destruction of Black Wall Street, has been invited to speak to the outrage generated by President Trump’s decision to stage a MAGA Campaign Rally in Tulsa during the Juneteenth Holiday season.

Cultural/Inspirational Expressions will be presented by Written Quincey, Spoken Word Artist; Jasiri X, hip hop Activist and Founder, 1Hood Media Center. Ayanna Gregory, Educator and Human Rights Activist will perform the Black National Anthem and South African National Anthem. Rev. Mark Thompson, Host of Make It Plain Podcast and Yvette Modestin, Founder and Executive Director, Encuentro Diaspora, will Moderate the Forum.

Commenting on the purpose for the Juneteenth Forum, Dr. Ron Daniels said: “We are delighted to have assembled such a stellar line-up of leaders dedicated to advancing the quest for reparations and the passage of HR-40. It is also important for the public to be aware that the National African American Reparations Commission has been established with a 10 Point Program that can serve as a point of reference and guide for the rapidly growing reparations movement.”

The NAARC National Virtual Forum is scheduled for 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST and can be viewed via the Institute of the Black World 21st Century website www.ibw21.org and on NAARC’s social platforms @naarc Facebook@reparationscomm Twitterand @reparationscomm Instagram.

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