Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Taking Action: Sample Letter in Support of Reparations Legislation

Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Taking Action: Sample Letter in Support of Reparations Legislation

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I am writing to let you know of my strong support of legislation that would establish a federal commission to study proposals of reparation for the descendants of enslaved African people in the United States. Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) has re-introduced this legislation in the House of Representatives (H.R. 40).

This legislation is long overdue, and should be put into place this year. My hope is that as the Congress gets underway, that you will sign on to this bill as a co-sponsor and do all that you can to ensure its enactment.

This legislation is an important first step in acknowledging the inherent cruelty, brutality and inhumanity of slavery as practiced in the United States, and would help millions of people begin to heal the subsequent emotional wounds that have been festering for centuries. …

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