Two White Colorado Women Turn to Reparations
It was then Dula learned that much of her family’s ancestral wealth came from slavery. She did more research, and counted more than 400 enslaved people who were considered the property of her ancestors. She also unearthed an old Smith College yearbook that listed her grandmother as a KKK member.
“I want to skip the guilt and shame part, and I want to do something about this,” Dula recalled thinking at the time.
She joined a national group called Coming to the Table which connects descendants of enslaved people with descendants of slaveholders. Dula also established a scholarship fund for students who wish to study political science or law, restricted only to black applicants. She met a young black woman pursuing a career in politics and Dula agreed to help pay off her college debt, calling it a “direct reparation.”
To read the rest of this article, go to: After Two White Colorado Women Unearthed The History Of Their Slave-Owning Ancestors, They Turned To Reparations, by Ann Marie Awad, for Colorado Public Radio