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Dr. Imari A. Obadale wrote final report on a survey finding in favor of reparations
Dr. Imari A. Obadele, spokesperson for the reparations issue. Photo courtesy ENCOBRA

N'COBRA Movement and HR 40

H.R. 40 was introduced on January 6, 1999 by Rep. John Jr. Conyers (D-Mich.). The bill is "to acknowledge the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the thirteen American colonies between 1619 and 1865, and to establish a commission to examine the institution of slavery, subsequently de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these forces on living African-Americans, to make recommendations to the Congress on appropriate remedies, and for other purposes."

Project documentation includes a copy of a October 29, 1999 letter to Rep. John Conyers from Randall Robinson, inviting Conyers to attend a TransAfrica Forum on January 11, 2000, to discuss the "Case for Black Reparations" due to slavery in the United States; a cassette tape of Conyers leading a session on reparations; a video of a panel of reparation advocates speaking on legal strategies for H.R. 40 and African American reparations; the Encobra magazine (summer 1999), the N'COBRA November 1999 newsletter, "Reparations, Now"; and various newspaper and journal articles, papers, and letters, regarding the reparations issue.

Originally submitted by: John Conyers, Jr., Representative (14th District).

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