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Acknowledging Our Past: How to Apologize for Slavery

  • Jones Library 43 Amity Street Amherst, MA (map)

Throughout U.S. history, ongoing resistance to offer a state apology for slavery and Jim Crow has served to deepen divides and continues to adversely impact our nation’s social fabric. Why has the U.S. refused to formally apologize for its treatment of African-Americans, what are the costs associated with a state apology, and what impact would an apology have on addressing historical grievances? Join us to hear Dr. Theodore R. Johnson, a public policy expert on race and social justice, explore these questions and more on Wednesday, February 13, at the Jones Library, 7-9pm.

This event is part of our Spring 2019 Event Series, “Rehumanizing and Restoring Relationships: The Role of Apology, Memorialization and Reparation in Redressing Historical Injustice”. The series aims to explore the deep roots of dehumanization, as well as best practices for healing past trauma and restoring inter-communal relationships via reparative processes. The series is a collaborative effort hosted by Critical Connections and The Karuna Center for Peacebuilding.