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Black Women at the Forefront of the Reparations Movement

In commemoration with the 50th anniversary of assassinations of Fred Hampton and Mark Clark

On December 4, 1969, Chairman Fred Hampton and Mark Clark of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party were assassinated by the foul forces of law enforcement. Fifty years later—in remembrance of their ancestral spirits—the Chicago chapter of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA), is hosting their second symposium, “The Role of Black Women in the Reparations Movement,” on Wednesday, Dec. 4th at the Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies Auditorium, 700 E. Oakwood from 6-9  p.m.

  • Vetress Boyce, political affairs consultant and chair of the W.W. Progressive PAC, will moderate. Symposium participants include:
  • Tashia Richards, chair of the Kansas City Chapter of the National Black United Front (NBUF), Callie House and the Reparations Movement
  • Alice Hammond, MA Inner City Studies, Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies (CCICS), Chicago and Slavery
  • Dr. Akinyele Umoja, professor of African American Studies, Georgia State University, The Role of Queen Mother Moore in the Reparations Movement
  • Ald. Robin Simmons, 5th Ward, City of Evanston, Evanston’s Reparations Legislative Victory
  • Sister Swatara Olushola, Reparations #Sugarland 95, Houston National Black United Front (NBUF) Organizing Initiative

As a result of the recent success of the Local, National and International Symposium on Reparations, “It’s imperative to recognize the important role that Black women have played in the development of the Reparations Movement in America, particularly since the first mass-led Reparations Movement in America was led by a Black woman named Callie House,” shared Dr. Conrad Worrill, chair emeritus of the National Black United Front (NBUF) and longtime Reparations organizer.

House founded the National Ex-Slave Mutual Relief, Bounty and Pension Association—one of the first organizations to campaign for Reparations—and was its lead organizer from 1894 to 1917. More than 600,000 ex-enslaved Black people were card-carrying members of the organization.

Worrill stated, “Following her leadership in the Reparations Movement was the iconic Queen Mother Moore, who was a leader in the Reparations Movement for over 50 years. In 1963, she led a petition campaign demanding Reparations and acquired 1 million signatures and presented the signatures to President John F. Kennedy.”

The Role of Black Women in the Reparations Movement Symposium is free and open to the public with the support of the Dr. Willie Wilson Foundation.

For more information, contact Kamm Howard, 773-520-0369; [email protected].

N’COBRA serves as a coordinating body for the Reparations effort in the United States. Further, through its leadership role in the Reparations Movement within the United States and its territories, N’COBRA recognizes Reparations is a just demand for all African peoples and shall join with others in building the international Reparations Movement.

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