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#BHeard Town Halls /

Reparations Now?, A #BHeard Town Hall

Join us for a live-televised #BHeard Town Hall discussion on reparations and how America can atone for its original sins.


May 22, 2019 • 6:30 PM




BRIC House Ballroom
647 Fulton Street
(Enter on Rockwell Place)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States
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Never fully exorcised, the ghost of America’s original sins haunts nearly every aspect of our nation’s soul. Can we put a price tag on the genocide of indigenous tribes? How do we, as a nation, make amends for the enslavement, lynching, Jim Crow laws, redlining, and mass incarceration experienced by African-Americans? Is the forced family separation faced by Central and South American migrants the latest transgression committed by a people who have yet to reconcile with a history of blood and violence? How can we process our past and tell a new narrative of a just America… Can these debts be paid? In this #BHeard Town Hall we ask: is the time for reparations now?


Katherine Franke; Professor at Columbia University, Author of the forthcoming book Repair: Redeeming the Promise of Abolition

Coleman Hughes; Columnist at Quillette; Contributor at The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal & The National Review

Chief Dwaine Perry; Chief of the Ramapough-Lunaape Nation

Noah Millman; Columnist, The Week

Rev. Mark Thompson: Host, Make It Plain; founding member of the NCOBRA Litigation Commission 

L. Joy Williams; Political Strategist & President, NAACP (Brooklyn Chapter)

In Partnership with

Seeding Sovereignty

Venue Information:

The BRIC Ballroom is a wheelchair-accessible, flexible performance space that accommodates a wide variety of configurations and performance styles. Located on the first floor of BRIC House. To make a specific access request, or to let us know other ways we can provide you with a welcoming experience, please contact Nia I'man Smith two weeks before the event, or 718.683.5986.

Tell the driver you're going to 57 Rockwell Place (Between Fulton Street & DeKalb Avenue). It'll be much easier for them to find our building and you'll be dropped off right in front of the door.

2 3 4 5 to Nevins Street (closest station!)
B Q R (D & N, 11PM - 6AM) to Dekalb Avenue (ACCESSIBLE)
B D N Q R to Atlantic Avenue—Barclays Center (ACCESSIBLE)
A C G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn Street
C to Lafayette Avenue
G to Fulton Street

B25, B26, B38, B41, B45, B52, B63, B67 (ACCESSIBLE)
All of the above buses stop within three blocks of BRIC. 

The Long Island Railroad stops at Atlantic Terminal, approximately 2 ½ blocks away from BRIC. (ACCESSIBLE)

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