This Week on American Black Journal

Reparations: What Is Owed to Black Americans?

On “American Black Journal” this week, host Stephen Henderson revisits a portion of the show’s latest virtual town hall, hosted in conjunction with BridgeDetroit, centered around reparations and what is owed to Black Americans. Together with four esteemed panelists, Henderson examines reparations and the forms they could take here in Southeast Michigan.

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RELATED: Watch the Full Virtual Town Hall Here! 

Joined by civil rights activist Rev. Dr. JoAnn Watson, City of Detroit Planning Commission Chair Lauren Hood, Michigan Democratic Party Black Caucus Chair Keith Williams and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Andre Perry, Henderson moderates an emotionally-charged conversation about the need for reparations for Black descendants of slaves and survivors of discrimination.

Plus, the panels discuss the creation of a new Detroit task force to study reparations for discriminatory housing and economic practices in the city, as well as who should receive them and what form they should take.

RELATED: BridgeDetroit | Black? Homeowners? Determining who leads reparations in Detroit

With Special Guests: 

  • Rev. Dr. JoAnn Watson, Senior Pastor at West Side Unity Church & longtime supporter of reparations
  • Andre Perry, Senior Fellow, Brookings Metro & Author of “Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives & Property in America’s Black Cities”
  • Lauren Hood, Chair, Detroit City Planning Commission & AfroUrbanist
  • Keith Williams, Michigan Democratic Party Black Caucus Chairman & Consultant


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Host Stephen Henderson revisits portions from American Black Journal and BridgeDetroit’s reparations town hall with special guests Rev. Dr. JoAnn Watson, Lauren Hood, Andre Perry and Keith Williams. The group discuss what reparations are owed to Black Americans and what form they should take. Plus, Hood and Williams share information about a new Detroit task force for reparations.

Stephen Henderson is the Founding Editor of BridgeDetroit, and a former writer and editor for the Detroit Free Press, Baltimore Sun and Chicago Tribune. Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary,...

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