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The Purpose and History of the Black Redress Movement

Roy L. Brooks

in Atonement and Forgiveness

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780520239418
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939738 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520239418.003.0001
The Purpose and History of the Black Redress Movement

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The organized idea to obtain slave redress—redress for slavery and Jim Crow together—is referred to as the “black redress movement.” The movement is increasing in strength and acceptance as it becomes better understood. Better understanding is the key to its growth. The modern black redress movement is in its nascent stage, not unlike the pre-1963 civil rights movement. The modern movement began in 1989 with the introduction of a slave redress bill in Congress by Representative John Conyers. Since 1989, dozens of books, articles, and commentaries have been written about it. Comparably, several cities and states have addressed the question of slave redress in some better ways. The black redress movement is an endeavor by black Americans and others to secure redress from the federal or state governments for stolen capital on behalf of the slaves, free blacks, and their descendants.

Keywords: slave redress; black redress; John Conyers; free blacks; descendants

Chapter.  7241 words. 

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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