Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, Minister Farrakhan, and John Conyers to speak at reparations Forum

Dr. Gonsalves,Minister Farrakhan,Honorable John Conyers

Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Chairman of CARICOM, and leading advocate for former colonialists to pay reparations for native genocide and African enslavement, will give the keynote address to a national and international forum about revitalizing the reparations movement. 

The forum which will be held in Chicago, Illinois, is sponsored by The Institute of the Black World 21st Century in conjunction with the Center for Inner City Studies and the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference.

Special and invited guests include The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, of The Nation of Islam and the Honorable John Conyers, Sr. Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus and sponsor of HR-40, The Reparations Study Bill.

The forum will be held on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 2 PM at the Emil Jones Convention Center, Chicago State University, 95 Street and Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago, Illinois. in the United States.

The forum is open to the public and it is free to attend.

The Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW21) says , a primary goal of the forum is to revitalize the reparations movement in the USA by revisiting the Durban Resolution on the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, presenting an update on HR-40 and examining the status of CARICOM’s reparations initiative.

The President of IBW21, Dr. Ron Daniels, said “We are delighted and honored to have Prime Minister Gonsalves keynote this critical forum on reparations, a subject of fundamental historical justice that is near and dear to the hearts of Black people around the world.” 

And Dr. Conrad Worrill, Director of Chicago’s Inner City Studies, said “our ancestors will be pleased that the reparations movement is being re-energized from the Caribbean islands," and that, “In demanding reparations, CARICOM is vindicating the vestiges of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.” 

The reparation issue was discussed earlier this month by CARICOM leaders at their inter-sessional summit in St, Vincent and the Grenadines. CARICOM Leaders hope to have a meeting with European leaders in June.

According to Caribbean360.com, the leaders of CARICOM unanimously adopted a 10-point plan that would seek a formal apology for slavery; debt cancellation from former colonizers, such as Britain, France, Spain and the Netherlands; and reparation payments to repair the persisting “psychological trauma” from the days of plantation slavery. 

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