Congressional Hearing on Reparations with Danny Glover Scheduled for Wednesday

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties. Photo Credit: AP

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Subcommittee is holding a hearing Wednesday on reparations with actor and activist Danny Glover appearing as a witness.

Glover is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for the U.N. Decade for People of African Descent.


The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties hearing is focused on H.R. 40, the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act.

“The purpose of the hearing is to examine, through open and constructive discourse, the legacy of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, its continuing impact on the community and the path to restorative justice,” according to a House Judiciary Committee press release.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) is the lead sponsor of H.R. 40. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) is the chairman of the subcommittee holding the hearing.

Other witnesses at the hearing include Ta-Nehisi Coates, distinguished writer in residence with the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University, Katrina Browne, documentarian: Traces of the Trade, Rt. Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton with the Episcopal Bishop of Maryland, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, economist and political commentator as well as Professor Eric J. Miller of Loyola Marymount University. The House Judiciary Committee press release said Republican witnesses will be announced.

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