“We live in an abundant world and yet think in scarcity. This framework doesn’t allow us to move closer to a more transformed world. I don’t have the answers, but collectively we can find it.”
– Jodie Geddes, President, Coming to the Table Board of Managers
Dr. King, Reparations and You – A Challenge
This year marks 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke forcefully about the need for reparations (watch here). King saw reparations as an avenue for the repayment of some of what our nation and other entities unfairly denied or stole from African-Americans. CTTT agrees with that assessment, and also believes that reparations can offer a way to breach our nation’s enormous racial divide by fully acknowledging and atoning for the harms of slavery and its aftermath. We believe our nation cannot be healed until that is done.
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday we have published the CTTT Reparations Guide, and ask organizations and individuals to commit to carrying out at least one or more of the reparative actions on the list. The Guide is divided into personal, and community/societal reparations. The personal section addresses what you can do on your own in your daily life that doesn’t require organizing or coordinating with others, so you can start today.
The Reparations Guide was developed from input offered by the CTTT membership over three years to the Reparations Working Group. It was conceived by the African-American members of the group with input from the European-American members as well as from others outside of CTTT.
Our hope is that the list will help spur action and discussion about the meaning and possibility of reparations. We invite you to accept the Reparations Guide Challenge and let us know about it! Click here to contact us with your thoughts.
Coming to the Table is an affiliate organization of the Center for Justice & Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University